Mary Cummins member of HSUS NDART team raids cock fighting facility

May 4, 2010
The HSUS Assists San Luis Obispo County Sheriff on Cockfighting Raid
National organization praises law enforcement for taking swift action
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Mary Cummins is a member of the HSUS NDART team

Mary Cummins is a member of the HSUS NDART team

Mary Cummins is a member of the HSUS NDART team

Mary Cummins is a member of the HSUS NDART team

Besides being cruel, cockfighting often goes hand in hand with gambling, drug dealing, illegal gun sales and violence. Ariana Huemer/HSUS

NIPOMO, Calif. — The Humane Society of the United States provided support and expertise to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department  in  raiding a suspected cockfighting locale in Central California. Authorities impounded more than 600 birds and found what appear to be a fighting arena, training area, cockfighting implements and publications devoted to the illegal blood sport.

“Cockfighting enterprises drag down entire communities and relegate untold thousands of roosters to brutal injuries and deaths in the ring,” said Eric Sakach, senior law enforcement specialist for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States commends the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Rural Crime Task Force for taking allegations of cockfighting crimes seriously.”

Sakach, an animal fighting expert with more than 30 years of experience, led The HSUS’ 10-person team and assisted in the identification of potential evidence.

“We believe that cockfighting promotes additional criminal activity,” said Commander Brian Hascall, SLO County Sheriff South Station. “Our Rural Crime Task Force deputies do an excellent job coordinating these efforts.”

The HSUS offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. Anyone with information about animal fighting criminals is asked to call 877-TIP-HSUS (847-4787). Your identity will be protected.

About Cockfighting:

Cockfighting is illegal in every state, and all animal fighting that affects interstate commerce is punishable as a federal felony under the Animal Welfare Act.
Common cockfighting practices include breeding birds for viciousness, drugging them to heighten aggression, and fitting their legs with deadly weapons — that is, razor-sharp knives or gaffs, which resemble curved ice picks.
Law enforcement raids across the country have, again and again, documented the connection between cockfights and other crimes — including distribution of illegal drugs and weapons violations due to the large amounts of cash present for gambling.
Despite common sense and reason, children are often brought to cockfights by their parents — which may expose them to animal cruelty and rampant crime.

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

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About Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Real Estate Appraiser

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the City of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Humane Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology. After college Cummins became a licensed real estate agent specializing in income property in Los Angeles. She obtained her real estate appraisal license, real estate brokerage license and currently does real estate consulting, expert witness testimony and review appraisals at Cummins Real Estate Services.
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