Update: 4,000 Birds Seized in Largest Cockfighting Bust in NY State

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 2:30pm
Ulster County Update

Earlier this week, we told you about our support of a massive cockfighting bust that spanned three counties in New York State. At the request of the New York State Attorney General's Office, the ASPCA is still on the ground at an Ulster County farm, assisting with the removal, transport and sheltering of as many as 4,000 fighting roosters.

While our responders establish a temporary shelter, where the birds will be cared for and housed pending court disposition, law enforcement officers have arrested three individuals associated with the farm, where birds allegedly destined for cockfights, were bred and trained. The owner of the property was apprehended in south Florida, and according to investigators and an article in the New York Times, has operated an extensive cockfighting pipeline for years.

Several other arrests were made on Saturday night when investigators busted a cockfight in Queens and raided a pet shop in Brooklyn. Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states. In New York, cockfighting and possession of a fighting bird at a cockfighting location are felonies, with each charge carrying a maximum penalty of four years in jail and a maximum fine of $25,000.

Stay tuned to for more news to come—and please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today. Together we can rescue more animals from lives of suffering and abuse.

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Thank you for saving these birds from a dismal fate. I hope the perps get the maximum!

Nancy Amidzich

Animal cruelty is a felony BUT sentences are too short. 10 years for animal cruelty is a must.

tia loalani

ASPCA NY has always done a wonderful job, both for puppies, dogs, kitties and cats.
There is no end to animal abuse and neglect. Mahalo for what you do!


I wish the comments below would show compassion for animals.


This is so disgusting! I have to say, that I'm not one who watches any type of Boxing or MMA fighting, yet these men/women who engage in this so called "sport" go into a ring willingly to get the tar beaten out of them. An animal is innocent and is NOT asking to go and kill an opponent or be killed. Thank you ASPCA for all you do to help our beautiful and innocent animals.


You guys are too much. Meat eaters or not, either side will never agree with the other. The MAIN thing is that they have been saved from a life of forced pain and agony!