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Cocks Leave Neighborhood, Residents Have Peace

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“Last night was the first night I could open my windows and enjoy my home undisturbed by the roosters,” a neighbor said to the Los Angeles City Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACTF). He lived near or on the 10400 block of Variel Avenue in Chatsworth where someone tipped the ACTF off to an alleged cockfighter.

But when the special task force, made up of Los Angeles police officers and detectives, animal services’ officers and city attorney’s, arrived at 35-year-old Leopoldo Barron's home, they found large quantity of methamphetamine, over a pound of marijuana, several loaded firearms, numerous fighting roosters, cockfighting implements and paraphernalia and a large quantity of U.S. currency.

Barron's immigration status is in question and if convicted, he could face up to five years in state prison, fines and deportation.

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For those interested in having fowl in an urban setting legally, you can in Los Angeles (see details below) and there's also a guy up north who blogs about urban chickens.