7/16/18 - U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced Thomas Crow pleaded guilty today to aiding and abetting an unlawful animal fighting venture involving a large cockfighting enterprise.  Crow is scheduled for sentencing on October 22, 2018. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted and convicted the spectators Job Hernandez, 35, of Visalia, Javier Flores-Arreola, 49, of Los Banos, and Javier Cerda, 65, of Reedley on animal cruelty charges.  

4/25/17 - Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the following four men for their involvement in an illegal cockfighting operation.

Javier Arreola, 47 years old, received a misdemeanor citation for being a spectator at an animal fight.

Job Hernandez, 34 years old, received misdemeanor citations for being a spectator at an animal fight and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Javier Cerda, 64 years old, received a misdemeanor citation for being a spectator at an animal fight.

Thomas Crow, 48 years old, was booked into the Fresno County Jail for a felony charge of cruelty to animals and two misdemeanor charges for having birds for the use of fighting and having bird fighting equipment.  He has since been released after posting the necessary bond to bail out of jail.

Thomas Crow

Around 11:30 pm on Friday, April 21st, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a possible cockfighting operation located on the 600 block of N. Vineland Ave. in Kerman.  Once deputies arrived at the home, they heard loud music playing and saw dozens of parked vehicles.  As they approached the large barn behind the house, the large roll-up door opened and approximately 100 people ran out.  Some fled through nearby fields and others got into their vehicles and drove away.  Deputies were able to detain four men for questioning.  The deputies then went inside the barn to conduct a security sweep and discovered an elaborate rooster fighting operation.  The evidence included such things as:  A wooden, rectangle shaped fighting ring, a weight scale, aluminum tags for identifying the birds, wooden boxes used as cages, a large amount of cash and betting receipts.  There were 25 dead roosters in garbage cans, 10 injured roosters and 114 live birds, some of which were running loose in the barn.  Members of the Central California SPCA were called to the scene and they transported all of the surviving roosters to their facility.


Typically, our office receives 5 to 10 complaints of cockfighting each year.  Early spring tends to be a popular time for rooster fighting to occur because temperatures are somewhat cooler.  Cockfighting rarely takes place in the summer because organizers find that the extreme heat does not allow the birds to perform well.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that rooster fighting is illegal in California.  These events commonly serve as gambling sites where thousands of dollars change hands.  Some people in attendance carry guns and knives, consume alcohol and use illegal drugs, making it a dangerous atmosphere for people in and around the area.  Spectators can be arrested on a misdemeanor charge and face possible fines.  Organizers can face felony charges tied to animal cruelty and gambling, which may carry punishments of fines and jail time.

Detectives are asking anyone with information these cases to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867).



Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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