SPCA: Cockfighting ring broken up in Suffolk
The Suffolk County SPCA says a cockfighting ring was broken up in Central Islip.
Victor Bonilla and son Jessie Brandon Maldonado were arrested Thursday morning on Monsen Street.
Officials say they received a call alerting them to a fight that was about the take place.
When officers arrived, they say they found 17 fighting birds and a large amount of fighting implements including a ring.
News 12 Long Island's Rich Barrabi tried to speak with Bonilla in front of his home:
Bonilla: I don't speak English.
Barrabi: Well can I ask you if you know anything about a cockfighting ring here?
Bonilla: I don't know nothing about that.
Barrabi: Is your name Victor?
Barrabi: OK, were you arrested then?
Bonilla: I got arrested last night, yeah.
Barrabi: Are you guilty? Not guilty?
Bonilla: No hablo Ingles.
Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross says any tip that leads to a cockfighting arrest comes with a $2,500 reward and the U.S. Humane Society offers a $5,000 reward on top of that. Anyone with information on anyone involved in animal fighting can call the Suffolk SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls are confidential.