A 56-year-old man reportedly found with 20 chickens modified for cockfighting behind a Broadmoor grocery store is charged with felony animal abuse for amputating their combs and fitting them with metal spurs.
Rafael Huertamartin, of Colma, was arrested Feb. 27 after somebody called the SPCA/Peninsula Humane Society to report a cockfight in progress behind Estrada’s Mexican Market. A PHS investigator responding with police reported finding 20 chickens of which 12 were roosters. The game cocks had been dubbed — the removal of their comb and waddle to reduce weight and potential injury — and had metal spurs attached, according to the investigator.
Prosecutors charged Huertamartin with one count of felony animal abuse and misdemeanor counts of permitting bird fighting and possessing game cocks. The felony is charged because of the amputation of the birds, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
On Friday, Huertamartin pleaded not guilty to all charges and did not waive his right to a speedy trial. Bail was set at $50,000 and he was ordered back to court March 12 for a preliminary hearing estimated to last one hour.
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