Hundreds of roosters, allegedly used for a rooster fighting operation, were found Sunday near a Modesto home. It's one of the largest cockfighting operations in Stanislaus County.
Initial calls to police reported possible dog fighting at a home along Grimes Avenue. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies instead found about 300 roosters, and around 50 dead birds near the home.
Several men ran when deputies pulled up to the home, but 20 men were initially detained for questioning. The man who lives at the home, 37-year-old Efrain Marcucci, was arrested for animal cruelty.
Deputies found an enclosed pen where they allege rooster fights happened in the back yard. Deputies also found metal fighting spurs and bloodied birds.