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Massive Crackdown on Illegal Cockfighting Ring Leads to 51 Arrests in NJ

Galloway Township

By: Richard L. Smith 

On Saturday, March 9,  several law enforcement agencies led by the Galloway Township Police Department's Humane Law Enforcement Officer (HLEO) Unit dismantled an illegal cockfighting operation in Galloway Township, New Jersey.NinosThe operation, which involved executing a search warrant at a residence on S. Bremen Avenue, resulted in the arrest of 51 individuals and the seizure of over $37,000 in cash.

The collaborative effort involved the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, Atlantic County SWAT Team, Egg Harbor City Police Department, Hamilton Township Police Department, and Galloway Township Emergency Medical Services.

Upon raiding the property, officers encountered a large group of people, many of whom attempted to escape the scene.

The site housed an elaborate cockfighting setup, complete with a ring, spectator seating, and various cockfighting paraphernalia.

Authorities discovered around 50 roosters in crates and storage containers showing signs of injuries and poor health, indicative of their use in cockfighting.

In addition to the roosters, four dogs were found in deplorable conditions and were removed from the premises.

The homeowner, identified as Jose Madera, was arrested on multiple charges, including animal cruelty and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Madera and 50 others involved in the operation now face criminal charges.

The roosters were relocated following consultation with the N.J. Department of Agriculture, highlighting the operation's broader implications on animal welfare.

The Galloway Township Police Department expressed gratitude towards Jonathan Palfy of Palfy Livestock Farm for his assistance during the operation and acknowledged the cooperative efforts of all agencies involved in addressing animal cruelty in the community.

The public is urged to report any form of animal abuse or neglect to their local police department.

This incident reminds us that charges are accusations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office encourages anyone with information on serious crimes to come forward and assist in ongoing investigations.