Big Island man indicted on cockfighting charge

Big Island man indicted on cockfighting charge

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Kau man suspected of operating a cockfight in 2013 has been indicted on animal cruelty, gambling and firearms charges.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports a bench warrant has been issued for 61-year-old Florentino Orcino.

The indictment issued by the Kona grand jury says Orcino operated the cockfight on April 14, 2013, in a Pahala macadamia nut orchard.

Vice officers seized 15 dead or injured chickens, a .22-caliber pistol, gambling records, cockfighting paraphernalia and $6,790.

Orcino is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, felony promotion of gambling, felony possession of gambling records and a felony firearms count.

The Hawaii director of the Humane Society of the United States urged full prosecution.

Inga Gibson says Hawaii has one of the weakest cockfighting laws in the nation and prosecutions are rare.

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