Collier County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 39-year-old man Thursday morning after deputies found fighting roosters and two stolen vehicles at his Golden Gate Estates home.
Deputies found numerous fighting roosters and hens in cages, some paired in a manner consistent with breeding, at Dennes Garcia Pinero’s home, 635 19th St. N.W.
Deputies found 92 birds in cages, many groomed for fighting — 60 roosters and 32 hens, according to Sheriff’s Office reports.
Deputies were investigating the theft of a John Deere backhoe that was reported stolen out of Lee County. Around 9:15 a.m., deputies spotted the backhoe at Pinero’s home, reports said.
According to arrest reports, while deputies were investigating the theft of the backhoe, they noticed several structures containing roosters.
Pinero was charged with an animal fighting act after deputies found about 45 fighting roosters in various stages of grooming. Their feathers had been removed from their legs and chests and the combs on the tops of their heads had been cut off, reports said.
Deputies also found two pairs of rubber boxing gloves used for sparring and training the roosters to fight, along with other items of cock fighting paraphernalia, reports said.
Pinero was also charged with two counts of grand theft auto after deputies discovered the backhoe and a Polaris 500 four-wheeler reported stolen out of Hendry County in 2008.
The items were located on top of the cages kept under the roof inside a makeshift shelter. The structure was enclosed on three sides with a wooden privacy fence to conceal the contents of the building, reports said.
Deputies also found a loaded shotgun on top of one of the cages.
About 20 birds and numerous hatchling chicks were running loose on the property, reports said.
Collier County Domestic Animal Services impounded the birds on site and could seek ownership of the birds, Camden Smith, a Collier County spokeswoman, said.
It could take anywhere from two to six weeks to determine if the owner would willingly give up ownership or if Domestic Animal Services would seek ownership of the birds, Smith said.
Smith said they haven’t found any evidence that the birds were abused and appeared to be in “good shape.”