Antonio Corchado, 53, of Philadelphia was found guilty on Feb. 13 of felony animal fighting and possession of an instrument of crime in connection to a cockfighting operation. Following his conviction, he was put on house arrest and will be sentenced in April. He is facing up to five years of jail time for these crimes.
The cockfighting operation was discovered in July, 2011 following an investigation based on tips from the Pennsylvania SPCA anti-cruelty hotline. Humane Law Enforcement officers obtained warrants and removed multiple birds from two properties on the 3000 block of N. Reese St. in Philadelphia, PA.
“Cockfighting is a horrendous crime and we are pleased that justice has prevailed,” said George Bengal, director of Humane Law Enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA.
To report animal cruelty or neglect, call 1-866-601-SPCA.