Virginia Beach Animal Control officers and police responded yesterday to the 500 block of Dam Neck Road as part of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. As a result, some 200 chickens were removed from the property and released to Animal Control by the owner.
The animals are being cared for by staff at an offsite location at this time. It may be the case that they were used in illegal "cock fights."
The investigation led to criminal charges surrounding animal fighting and to the arrest of the following:
The first suspect, Emmannuel Limh Garcia, 52, of the 500 block of Dam Neck Road, Virginia Beach, has been charged with 10 counts of Animal Fighting, 3.2-6571, a class 6 Felony, one count Conspiracy to Commit Felony, a class 6 felony; he is being held in the Virginia Beach Correction Center without bond.
The second suspect, Rolando Salazar Geronimo, 75, of the 4000 block of Lumberjack Drive, Virginia Beach, has been charged with 10 counts of Animal Fighting, 3.2-6571, a class 1 misdemeanor, two counts of Animal Fighting, 3.2-6571, a class 6 Felony, one count Conspiracy to Commit Felony, a class 6 felony, and has been released on bond.
"The animals are in the care of Animal Control, we are consulting with the Virginia State Veterinarians Office and the shelter veterinarian for disposition recommendations," said Animal Control Officer Travis Smith, the lead investigator in this case.