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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Candice Gordon

Thank you so much for saving animals in peril. You are their heroes and I truly love and appreciate your kind, and compassionate hearts. Love you and your work. Thank you truly.


This is a brutal sport. Thank you for investigating & rescuing.

Patricia Carbone

Thank you for putting a end to this. The offenders deserve the max. and more


People who support/take part in this type of cruelty need to experience the same brutal treatment that they inflict on animals!

Joe Y.

Its really about time that low life people that indulge in this type of animal cruelty, get to pay for it by being arrested and given several years of incarceration. We need people to report offenders and abusers and we need to continue to press charges and see that they pay dearly for their senseless abuse and cruelty.

Debra Parson

Thank you so much! I hope these people are sent to prison so we can stop this disgusting sport!


FANTASTIC!!! Now you should head to Terre Haute IN for the samething. They have a the fighting down there for several years and no one has been fired,fined, or located. Mexicans are the owners and several birds are lost every Friday-Sunday.

La Marca Monique

Barbaric people! Is it fun for you to see animals fighting to death? You should be in their place!


I totally agree with Ron, make use of the funds that come from the farms to help support ASPCA and reward anyone that can help bust these parasites.

Kat in Virginia

Thank you for rescuing these beautiful birds, and thank you for all that you do. All animal fighting should be stopped~~I wish that could happen. People are so mean and hateful, and they care about nothing but money and cold-blooded so-called "sports" like this. Thank you and thank you again!!!