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Cockfighting ring operator ordered to pay Yolo County

Published: Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Yolo County has been awarded much of the restitution it sought after it housed birds confiscated in a cockfighting case.

The District Attorney’s Office announced that Yolo County Superior Court Judge Daniel Maguire on Friday awarded $75,135 to the county in restitution following convictions in an illegal cockfighting operation.

A Yolo County jury in January convicted Lorenzo Ponce of Dunnigan on all charges arising from an “underground” cockfighting ring that Ponce operated. On Feb. 21, Judge Maguire sentenced the 63-year-old Ponce to 20 days in county jail and three years summary probation for the crimes, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

The District Attorney’s Office requested $106,235 from Ponce for costs to the county for impoundment, care and euthanasia of the birds taken from Ponce’s property. Ponce contested the amount at sentencing and a restitution hearing was scheduled. During that hearing, a representative of the sheriff’s Animal Control Services division testified that the county incurred the six-figure loss as the result of housing and taking care of the birds for 60 days before they were lawfully euthanized. The $75,135 award compensates for 40 of the 60 days, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The restitution will reimburse the Animal Control Services division.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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