Topanga Town Council

The County Wants to Hear From You

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Submit Your Comments Regarding Regulating Roosters in Topanga and the Rest of Unincorporated LA County!

Last December, in response to a massive cockfighting bust---reportedly the largest in history---the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl to develop a plan to limit the number of roosters residents can keep in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

According to the county, "The keeping of excessive numbers of roosters is closely linked to the illegal crime of cockfighting. The Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department regularly respond to cases of illegal cockfighting operations. Many times, other crimes such as illegal drugs, weapons, and gambling are discovered as well.

Investigating and responding to such cases is a significant cost to county taxpayers. In early 2017, the DACC incurred more than $270,800 in costs responding to a single cockfighting operation that contained more than 7,800 birds. The keeping of large numbers causes significant public welfare concerns, in addition to the criminal activity noted above. The noise, odor, and potential health concerns interfere with residents' ability to enjoy their property. Diseases that can be devastating to the poultry industry, such as Exotic Newcastle Disease, have been linked with cockfighting operations.

Many complaints are lodged with the DACC by concerned residents whose quality of life is negatively impacted by excessive numbers of roosters in their neighborhoods.

To address these problems, many other jurisdictions in California have enacted ordinances limiting the keeping of roosters. These include the counties of Solano, San Diego, Monterey, Napa, and Santa Clara. The keeping of roosters is also prohibited or restricted in many cities within the County of Los Angeles."

DACC and LA County Counsel recommended that the county restrict the keeping of roosters. The two county offices are collecting public input, after which they will prepare a recommended ordinance to be delivered to the board by June 30.

To this end, the offices are asking residents to fill out a two-page survey about keeping roosters and about the creation of a rooster-restricting ordinance.

Download the survey: HERE.

Please fill out the survey, and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send via mail to:

"Proposed Rooster Ordinance"
C/O Department of Animal Care and Control
5898 Cherry Ave. Long Beach, CA 90805  

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