Man accused of animal fighting in Weld County

Rafael Gonzalez (Photo: Weld County Sheriff’s Office)

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A man accused of animal fighting and cruelty was arrested on Saturday, the Weld County Sheriff’s office said.

Rafael Gonzalez, 59, of Lakewood was arrested after deputies were called to the  49000 block of Weld County Road 96, east of Briggsdale, where authorities found evidence of animal cruelty and cockfighting.

Authorities said they found 47 live roosters, one of which was injured, and fighting paraphernalia. The animals were seized and taken to the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Gonzalez faces 47 counts of animal fighting, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and cruelty to animals, according to authorities.

Gonzalez is being held in a Weld County jail without bond.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 970-356-4015 or Crime Tip Line at 970-304-6464.

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