(ANIMAL FIGHTING) FLORIDA — Animals in Florida can celebrate! Last week William Roman, known animal fighter, pleaded guilty on four felony counts. This was one of the largest cockfighting cases in Florida’s history with the removal of more than 650 fighting birds from Roman’s properties. Let’s hope the ASPCA continues to bring down animal fighters across the country! — Global Animal
Cockfighter in Florida gets jail time. Photo credit: aspca.org

ASPCA

It’s about time! William Roman pleaded guilty to four felony counts of animal fighting and baiting stemming from one of the largest cockfighting cases in Florida’s history. Back in September 2010, the ASPCA assisted in forensic evidence collection and removal of more than 650 fighting birds from two properties in Lee County.

William Roman and Pedro Lopez, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of animal fighting and baiting, housing distressed animals, and animal cruelty. Lopez was also charged with drug possession. A trial date for Lopez has not been scheduled.

Roman was sentenced to six months in state prison, three years of probation and 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay court costs and cost of prosecution and, as part of the probation, to have no contact with animals for three years.

“These animals were exploited to breed and fight each other to the death,” says Adam Leath, the ASPCA’s newly appointed Southeast Director of Field Investigations and Response. “We hope to continue our work in investigating these types of cases to rid the nation of this cruel sport.”

For more: www.aspca.org 

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