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5 men arrested, charged in Ka'u cockfight

KA'U (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police arrested five men involved in a cockfight Sunday afternoon.

Police say 75 vehicles and about 150 people were discovered at a macadamia nut orchard in Pahala where the activity took place.

Officers located 20 dead roosters at the site and seized $3,737 in cash.

They also recovered injured roosters, rooster boxes, gaffs and other paraphernalia and gambling records related to cockfighting.

The following men were arrested and charged in the case:

  • Patrick Takahashi, 31, of Waipahu with cruelty to animals, gambling and possessing gambling records.
  • Keldon Sakata, 31, of Pahala with three counts of cruelty to animals.
  • Donovan Mattos, 37, of Na'alehu with two counts of cruelty to animals.
  • Modesto Gonzales, 69, of Ocean View with two counts of cruelty to animals.
  • Edward Polido, 51, of Pahala with gambling and possessing gambling records.

Officials say cockfighting is popular during this time of year.

They are urging the public to help prevent animal cruelty by reporting information about cockfights.

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