Lee County Sheriff's Office Press Release: Lehigh Cockfighting Ring Exposed, Arrest Made
On May 20, 2020, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Agricultural Crimes Unit and Animal Cruelty Task Force were notified of a potential cockfighting ring located on South Naples Avenue in Lehigh Acres.
Deputies observed cages containing individual roosters, a scale, wax, a blowtorch and multiple gaffs/spurs, a file and other miscellaneous items common to the sport.
“We will not allow animal fighting rings in Lee County,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “Our new Animal Cruelty Task Force and our Agricultural Crimes Unit did an excellent job locating this fighting ring and making this arrest.”
In addition to 22 full-grown roosters, the Agricultural Crimes Unit and Animal Cruelty Task Force located an undetermined number of chicks. Many lacked feathers and, additionally, back feathers were cut nearly to the skin.
A search warrant was authored and executed.
Upon execution of the warrant, detectives and deputies discovered bottles of vitamins, multiple clippers used to cut spurs, rubber training mitts, additional gaffs/spurs (some of which still had adhesive on them), a bottle of antiseptic, emery boards, scales, wax poles, a blowtorch, a soldering iron and a cockfighting transport case.
A search of the suspect’s phone yielded multiple videos; one of these videos demonstrated cockfight-training techniques.
Following an interview with the suspect, Vladimir Reyes (DOB 07/24/1969) was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of Animals for the Purpose of Animal Fighting and one count of Possession of Animal Fighting Equipment.