Steven Seagal Drove a Tank into a Home to Save 130 Roosters from Underground Cockfighting Ring, Allegedly Ended Up Killing Over 100 Animals

Steven Seagal Drove a Tank into a Home to Save 130 Roosters from Underground Cockfighting Ring, Allegedly Ended Up Killing Over 100 Animals

Steven Seagal has had quite a successful career. The martial artist has starred in several projects and has amassed a fortune of about $16 million as per Celebrity Net Worth. However, as any Hollywood buff will know, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the actor.

In fact, the accusations levied against him are quite shocking honestly, and few other famed Hollywood celebs have this many allegations against them. One of the most bizarre ones is about him allegedly killing about a hundred animals in an attempt to be an animal savior.

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Steven Seagal in Steven Seagal: Lawman
Steven Seagal in Steven Seagal: Lawman

Steven Seagal: Lawman wasn’t a good show by any decent standards. However, the titular star left no stone unturned to garner attention towards it. Once, he raided a suspected cockfighting home, but he did it with the subtlety of a hammer. The Under Seige star drove a large tank into the premises of Jesus Sanchez Llovera while being accompanied by even more armed vehicles. There was also a SWAT team and a bomb robot.

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Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal

It’s the kind of heavy-handedness that will make anyone sane cringe. PETA made a post stating that Seagal hates animal cruelty and his actions saved the birds present on the premises. Here’s what the post reads:

“Steven Seagal does not take kindly to cruelty to animals and was more than happy to help his pal, Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio — himself an outspoken cruelty-to-animals foe — who was serving a search warrant for [Jesus Sanchez Llovera’s] home.”

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Steven Seagal in Steven Seagal: Lawman
Steven Seagal in Steven Seagal: Lawman

As for what was found there, the PETA post stated that a total of 130 roosters along with cockfighting paraphernalia were discovered. The post further read:

“Seagal and Sheriff Arpaio found 130 roosters and cockfighting paraphernalia. Animal control took custody of the animals, and Llovera, who was still on probation after being arrested at a cockfight, was charged with 115 counts of raising birds with the intent to fight them.”

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Steven Seagal could very well have been the hero of the moment and many even said that what he did wasn’t a stunt but genuine goodness that came out of his heart. However, TMZ poured water on all the congratulations.

Steven Seagal’s Raid Allegedly Resulted In The Death Of A Hundred Animals, Including A Dog 

Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal

TMZ stated that during the raid, authorities had allegedly killed more than 100 animals. Jesus Sanchez Llovera, the owner of the property, said that the entire raid was unfounded since he had raised his roosters only for show purposes. He also alleged that more than 100 roosters were killed and some officers also shot his kids’ dog, who was now dead.

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Steven Seagal and sheriff Joe Arpaio
Steven Seagal and Sheriff Joe Arpaio

As a result of the raid, Arpaio and Seagal were served with a notice of claim. Here’s what TMZ wrote:

“Jesus claims his 11-month-old puppy was shot and killed during the raid — and his home sustained ‘substantial damage.’ He also claims the cops killed more than 100 roosters that belonged to him. The notice of claim is the first step towards a lawsuit — and Jesus’ lawyer tells us his client is demanding $100,000 for the damage and he wants Seagal to issue a ‘formal written apology’ to his children ‘for the death of their 11-month old puppy, a beloved family pet.'”

Neither Steven Seagal nor Joe Arpaio responded to TMZ’s calls for comment. The incident took place in 2011 and more than a decade later, there haven’t been any substantial updates to this. Many believe that the case was settled out of court.

Source: Peta and TMZ

Written by Ishita Chatterjee

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