Cockfighting operation taken down by police in N. Stormont

Cockfighting operation taken down by police in N. Stormont
Police made the arrest Saturday morning.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Nearly a dozen men have been arrested after police smashed a cockfighting operation in North Stormont.

One April 9 police responded to a report of an illegal gaming activity at a proprty on Tolmies Corners Road. Officers nabbed 11 men who were in the midst of live cockfighting activities, with several participants present.

A quantity of roosters and equipment were seized by police. The animals are now in the care of the OSPCA.

Gerald Tessier, 82, of South Stormont Township is charged with:

– Keeping a cockpit

– Cause Damage or Injury to Animal or Bird

– Fail to Provide suitable/Adequate Food, Water, Care or Shelter

– Cruelty to Animals – Encourage, Aid or Assist in Fighting or Baiting.

Also charged in connection with the incident are:

Ronald Bell, 61, Plympton-Wyoming, Ont.

Norman Redick, 55, Plympton-Wyoming, Ont.

Philip Patenaude, 44, North Stormont

Gerald Delorme, 56, North Stormont

Richard Patenaude, 62, North Dundas

Eric Thompson, 69, North Dundas

Hector Racuya, 55, Montreal, Que.

Arturo Sumayo, 57, Montreal, Que.

Richard McCormick, 69, York, Ont.

Thomas Carter, 87, London, Ont.

All accused were released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall June 21.

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