Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Man stabbed during an illegal cockfight...by the rooster!

You can't make this stuff up.

A man attending an illegal cockfight in California died after being stabbed in the leg by one of the birds, officials have said.

The cock had a knife attached to its limb to take part in the gambling fight in Tulare County, central California.

Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, was declared dead in hospital where he arrived some two hours after being injured.

The coroner's report said he had suffered an accidental "sharp force injury" to his right calf.

It was not immediately clear if a delay in seeking medical attention was a factor in the death.

"I have never seen this type of incident," Sgt Martin King, who had worked in the sheriff's department for more than two decades, told the Bakersfield Californian on Sunday, when the incident happened.

Other dead roosters and materials suggesting cockfighting were found at the location, reports said, but no arrests were made.

Mr Ochoa, reportedly a regular participant in organized cockfights, had already been fined for owning or training an animal for fighting, according to court records cited by the newspaper.

Though cockfighting is illegal in the US, California is a popular destination state for people involved in the sport as raising the gamecocks, organizing matches and attending fights as a spectator are all classified as misdemeanors on the first offense, rather than more serious criminal offenses in the state.

I can see the coroner's report; Cause of Death - Cock.

1 comment:

Sings-With-Spirits said...

1) This would never happen in Puerto Rico, where cockfights are a legal and regulated cultural legacy.

2) well,the cock penetrated the guy,causing excessive bleeding which ultimately caused his death.

3) are they sure the attack was "accidental"?

4) betcha there was a seriously hearty caldo de pollo making therounds after that!