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'Death by armed rooster' karmic retribution?

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Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, of Lamont, California, was killed by his own rooster. He even armed the bird with the knives that caused his mortal wound.

Mr. Ochoa was declared dead at a local hospital nearly two hours after he was injured in neighboring Tulare County on Jan. 30, said the Kern County coroner. He had been stabbed in the calf by a rooster armed with knives, and several dead roosters and other evidence of cockfighting were found at the scene.

Apparently the weapon attached to the rooster's leg sliced into the handler's calf, causing the "sharp force injury" cited in the autopsy report.

"I have never seen this type of incident," Sgt. Martin King, a 24-year veteran of the sheriff's department, said to the Bakersfield Californian. "People have been known to bleed out from those injuries if medical attention is not obtained immediately."

According to Kern County Superior Court records, Ochoa had paid $370 in fines in 2010, pleading no contest to charges of "owning or training an animal for fighting." A second offense would have been considered a felony under California law.

Fighting animals is horrific. Our relationship with animals is multifaceted and complex, but one thing that remains steadfast is that it is unconscionable to use an animal's own nature to risk its life or its opponent's life. It is telling of the nature of the human who chooses this form of "entertainment."

That having been said, it is tragic that this event unfolded in the way that it did, and that a man died as a result. Hopefully, this tragedy makes some reconsider their "entertainment" choices.

Sadly, Kansas City and the rural areas around it have a cockfighting culture, and court records bear this out. It remains to be seen if this event will bring light to the unimagined consequences one might suffer for this law-breaking behavior.

Read the original local article here on KCTV5's site.

Comments

  • revolutionmama 3 years ago

    wow. just wow.

  • Weibs 3 years ago

    Ummm... If you arm an agressive animal with knives and get killed, that is not karma, that is just being a dumb-ass.

  • anon 3 years ago

    ROFLMFAO

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    SOMETHING is WRONG in Denmark ! Stabbed in the Calf and DIES....THERE has to be more to it than THAT..it,s NOT an area that can cause a DEATH ! Bet the POLICE killed him and THAT is OK with me..sounds like he was influenced by VICK the Dog Slayer..he got what he deserves...case closed !

  • Editor by Nature 3 years ago

    1 - There are major arteries and veins throughout the body. An injury to the popliteal, posterior tibial, or fibular arteries or veins would result in massive bleeding and possible death.

    2 - The phrase is, "Something is rotten in Denmark."

    3 - I have a rooster. Feet of fury, I can vouch. I just raise hens for eggs and love them like my cats and dogs. I don't fight them, but it is their nature. Arm them and you are just asking for it. How ridiculous. Karma, yes.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Bleeding from the femoral artery in the thigh can indeed cause death. Especially if, as the article said, care was not immediately seeked.

    That's not even touching on the risk of infection from having an open wound near chickens who may also be bleeding.

  • cryptision 3 years ago

    I do believe there are some major arteries in that region. The reason this idiot died was that he did not seek immediate medical attention. Doing so would be ratting on himself that he was committing crimes. Probably his third felony offense. I can not help but to laugh and thing of the movie Animal Farm. lol

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    wet work 3 years ago

    Confederate general Albert Sidney Johnston died at the Battle of Shilo when a Minie ball clipped his his right popliteal artery.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    So he died getting stabbed in the leg? Did it hit a major artery or something?

  • SenorPlaid 3 years ago

    Proving the adage that "guns don't kill people, people kill people and so do roosters if they have a knife strapped to their leg."

    And Weibs, what's the difference?

  • Progressive 3 years ago

    Adage? Never heard of it before.

  • Smedverk 3 years ago

    Maybe he didn't realize it was "cocked"?

  • kash 3 years ago

    awesome pun

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Stupid

  • speakstodragons 3 years ago

    Stabbed in the calf and dies and no ones question this, that is what is really messed up.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    killed by his own cock LOL

  • deke 3 years ago

    Wouldn't be the first.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    lol

  • Oops did I say that 3 years ago

    All humans that abuse animals should die that way HAHaHaHAHAHAHA

  • aNon 3 years ago

    Everyone acts like this is something new....and karma has nothing to do with this....for all you know it might of been someone else's rooster. Other news reports say he was just attending? Miss Caldwell you are a moron and should be ashamed of yourself!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    GOOD RIDDANCE! I think kthat it is wonderful that there is one less third-world dumb ass that gets his thrills off of watching this shit. I only wish somethinbg like this would have also happened to Michael Vick, and indeed, everybody who does this to animals.

  • V 3 years ago

    Well Said !!!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Very poorly written. While you want to add the karmic spin, where is the depth of the store. It has to run deeper than it seems here.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Well, he died knowing how his roosters feel when stabbed to death. Good riddens!

  • alex 3 years ago

    we lost our violent ways as a society, the Romans had the coliseum and we have boxing in gloves,
    animals kill each other every day and somehow we have this illusion that its horrible, its nature at its rawest and as humans we have a primal urge to connect with that, seals killing penguins and white bears killing the same seals all of it is bloody and horrible, but who cares when its not a human putting them in the same room…
    how about we focus on not killing, raping and starving each other and then work on finer things like animal fighting ...otherwise nothing will ever change not this not pointless wars for oil and the new world order.

  • James 3 years ago

    How stupid are you? You equate the natural process of nature to a bunch of third-world subhumans getting their thrills? I know what I would like - to see you thrown into a pool of sharks. That would be "raw nature," and entertaining, as well. Humans do it by choice, so screw them.

  • Rich285 3 years ago

    The animals you mention are hunting and killing for food, not entertainment.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    So: did they arrest the rooster, then let him out onhis own recognizance?

  • John61254 3 years ago

    I find it just as bizarre that the author's title is
    Renee Caldwell
    Kansas City Urban Chickens Examiner
    And this not even a joke (or should I say "yolk").
    If you check her other articles, she has numerous articles all related to stories about chickens.
    I guess everyone has their calling in life.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    "Put away your sword," Jesus told him. "Those who use the sword will die by the sword." Matthew 26:52 (New Living Translation)

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Is an animal's life worth more than some people's? Absolutely, especially when it is a person who enjoys seeing animals hurt each other for entertainment. I give FAR MORE of my money to animal charities than I do to human charities. We need to cull the human herd and eliminate these subhuman types...

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    stupid is as stupid does, and that's all I have to say about that...

  • Colonel Sanders 3 years ago

    We kill millions of chickens everyday for consumption. If the employees who slaughter chickens enjoy their job, are they wrong? The chickens killed in these fights usually become dog food. No, its not nice to enjoy another creatures suffering, but lets keep things in perspective. Besides, at least the chicken won for a change.

  • TLN 3 years ago

    Perspective is indeed what is called for. Death sentence for killing or fighting chickens? What should we do for people speeding through yellow lights? Murder them and waterboard their families? Get a grip people. These are animals not people. Looked at what happened to horse population after the law was passed that they could not be used for consumption.

  • HAL 3 years ago

    COCK FIGHTING IS A S BAD AS FATAL GLADIATOR COMBAT WITH NO CHOICE OR EXIT FOR THE BENEFIT OF BETS AND JOLLIES.THESE CREEPS ARE THE DREGS OF SICK SOCIETY.CASTRATE THE Bastards if caught. this barbaric activity is a world away from col.saunders .not to see that is sign of a warped mentality..

  • writethenewsnotyouropinion 3 years ago

    He got what he deserved yea sure whatever. I wish more people would just report the news then give their opinion on it and try to influence their viewers with what they think. This is why i only watch and read news that doesn't have someones opinion spread all over it like. I want to hear the news and make opinions for myself, unlike most of americans who rely on for EX. bill oriley or nancy grace for their opinion.

  • writethenewsnotyouropinion 3 years ago

    sorry for bad typing, i got 1 hand in a cast.

  • Opinions are like ___ everyone has one 3 years ago

    well, when a thousand other copies of the same story appear online, maybe it makes sense for some of them to be opinion pieces. And it seems that the sensational headlines that opinion pieces generate also result in increased page views, and that is what this is all about, isn't it? Advertising revenue?

  • Andy D 3 years ago

    I hope you're a vegetarian Ms. Caldwell. We wouldn't want any karmic backlash from the quarter-pounder you ate last week.

    Raising animals for slaughter is apparently OK with you. But raising them for entertainment with only the possibility of death is not?

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    Renee Caldwell 3 years ago

    Indeed, I've never eaten a quarter-pounder, but there's a difference between cruelty to animals and eating animals, which I won't even go into. You might enjoy, "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat" by Hal Herzog.

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    Valsopinion 3 years ago

    why people are attacking the author of the article is BEYOND ME. Cockfighting fans, no doubt. The guy died because an artery was struck. Too bad for him, but that's what you get and I feel no pity for him. Much, much better people die every day through NO FAULT of their own. Not karma, just bad judgment and disrespect for the law and animal's rights. BTW, the person who suggested that a policeman killed him should be ashamed. Go ahead and hate the police, but when you are in trouble you are damn glad to see one and they risk their lives every day that they put their uniform on just like our soldiers do and they are being killed at the same rate so stop the cop hating please. Not all cops are angels, but not all doctors are or lawyers or judges or politicians or whatever. It's just a cross section of society so don't lump them all together unless you enjoy your own race being stereotyped as well. Get it?????

  • Hmmm 3 years ago

    Cops are waste of money they don't protect me, i protect myself.

  • American Buddhist 3 years ago

    Actually, it really is karma. Kind of like the straw that broke the camel's back. Keep pushing, Keep pushing, Keep pushing - and WHAM! it finally catches up to you and it's all over for you.

  • Goble 3 years ago

    Animal fighting and forms of animal bloodsport are usually endemic to entire cultures. It's no more telling of the person than American Idol is of it's viewership, though I'd prefer watch birds stab each other or dogs rip each other apart, as opposed to Stephen Tyler's face, which looks like it's been in its fair share of cockfights.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Cock a Doodle Doooooo

  • Phil in Florida 3 years ago

    Why did Jose cross knives with a chicken? To get to the other side.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Darwin strikes again......and next on the list is this woman's career. She wrote this piece with the sophistication of a Jersey Shore cast member.

  • prairiechick 3 years ago

    A Darwin Award winner for sure! That was the first thing that came to mind after I stopped laughing my butt off!!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
    One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them,

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    AWESOME!!

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