Cockfighting operation dismantled; 11 arrested

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

MOOSE CREEK – Eleven people have been arrested with the dismantling of a cockfighting operation in North Stormont.

SD&G O.P.P. received a tip that was called in about the illegal gaming activity and officers showed up on a property on Tolmies Corners Road Saturday morning (April 9).

Eleven men were arrested on the scene and “a quantity of roosters and equipment” was seized, said police.

Gerald Tessier, 82, of South Stormont is charged with keeping a cockpit, causing damage or injury to a bird or animal and cruelty to animals.

The other ten people, which includes four locals, are charged with causing damage or injury to a bird or animal and cruelty to animals by encouraging fighting.

They are:

  • Ronald Bell, 61, Plympton-Wyoming, Ont. (Sarnia area)
  • Norman Redick, 55, Plympton-Wyoming, Ont. (Sarnia area)
  • Philip Patenaude, 44, North Stormont
  • Gerald Delorme, 56, North Stormont
  • Richard Patenaude, 62, North Dundas
  • Eric Thompson, 69, North Dundas
  • Hector Racuya, 55, Montreal, Que.
  • Arturo Sumayo, 57, Montreal, Que.
  • Richard McCormick, 69, York, Ont.
  • Thomas Carter, 87, London, Ont.

All the men have been released with a promise to appear in a Cornwall court June 21, 2016.

As for the roosters, they are in the care of the OSPCA.

“We did have members from that side (OSPCA) that were involved yesterday obviously to take over the control of the animals and we dismantled…took equipment that was there, like cages and some of the equipment used to make the rings and that,” SD&G O.P.P. Const. Joel Doiron told Cornwall Newswatch.

When asked whether there are more people involved in the cock fighting operation, Doiron said it’s early in the investigation. “That’s something they’re going to elaborate on and to see if there are any other connections to further incidents or organizations.”

In an interview with CNW, OSPCA spokesman Alison Cross declined to say where the birds were being held, in order to protect the safety and integrity of their investigation.

“The birds removed are being provided with the best care by the Ontario SPCA. The disposition of the birds will be addressed by the O.P.P. and the courts. As this is not our investigation all other details will have to be released by the police,” Cross said in an emailed statement to CNW.

The O.P.P. investigation, in conjunction with the OSPCA, is continuing.

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