Topanga Town Council

Access New FAQs Regarding Proposed Rooster Ordinance

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UPDATED: Public Comments and Questions Gathered 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. 

Here are the public questions and comments gathered regarding the proposed rooster ordinance and the county's responses to them:

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Email additional questions/comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send via mail to:

Denise Rosen
Manager, County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control
29525 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91303
(818) 706-5881
www.animalcare.lacounty.gov

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