An investigation was underway this week into an alleged illegal cockfighting operation in the Llano area of Los Angeles County east of Palmdale.

Deputies served a warrant on Jan 27 at the property in the 23000 block of Fort Tejon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“The search warrant operation was part of an investigation related to animal cruelty and possession of game fowl for fighting purposes violations,’’ a sheriff’s department statement said.

“During the operation, several residents of the property were detained, (and) approximately 70 cockfighting roosters were seized,’’ the statement added. “Investigators are in the process of determining whether or not additional crimes are involved.’’

All animals were inspected and documented by Animal Care and Control officers. Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact Sgt. Robert Hill at rchill@lasd.org, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.