5 Suspects in Wolcott Cockfighting Bust Turn Selves In

Five people were arrested in connection with a cockfighting bust in October after turning themselves in to police in Wolcott, authorities said.

Jose Ortiz-Jimenez, 50; Carlos Talavera, 50; Juan Santos, 29 and Rey Santos, 27, all from New Britain; and Luis Balanta, 47, of Hartford, turned themselves in on Nov. 29.

Police had obtained arrest warrants for all five suspects in connection with animal cruelty complaints after 126 roosters were seized from a shed they were renting at Hillside Equestrian.

Authorities raided the farm earlier this fall after owner Paul Kalinowski asked police to investigate the part of the property he was renting to two men.

It's not clear which of the five arrested were renting that property.

All five suspects were charged with cruelty to animals and failure to obtain import permits. They were released on $500 non-surety bonds and are due in court Dec. 9.

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