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41-year-old man arrested after deputies discover cockfighting operation at Lakeland home

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 12:20:43-05

Deputies in Polk County busted a cockfighting ring Monday, officials said. 

Deputies responded to a home located at 7908 Walt Williams Road in Lakeland in reference to a noise complaint involving roosters. When deputies arrived on scene, they found roosters in pens and a round ring covered with carpet. 

Gilbert Montero, 41, was in the process of taking apart the ring and attempting to hide it in the garage on the property. 

Deputies searched the home and found bottles of Gallomin (vitamins for roosters), Supertrom (B-12 vitamins for boosting the birds overall health and stamina), Forty Gallo (an iron supplement for boosting the roosters stamina), and a bottle of prescribed medication from a veterinarian in the Dominican Republic for Rapidita (a vitamin given to roosters before they fight to keep the bird from stressing).

The roosters found on scene were reportedly manicured in a way indicative for fighting roosters. They had their spurs trimmed, combs cut and feathers removed. Deputies say the roosters were also singled out in their own pens. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control took the roosters from the scene. 

Montero was transported and booked into the Polk County Jail and his bond has been set at $2,000. 

Montero was arrested for possession of animal fighting and baiting paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence. 

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