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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I think the term "cockfighting" could take on a new light here...let's make the guys who were arrested be forced to fight naked and joust each other to the death. I would pay to see that.

Mary Jane

THANK YOU so much for all that you do to help rescue animals! I only hope that all these poor birds can be re-homed and cared for properly. Why must people persist in persecuting and torturing innocent animals for sport and gambling?!!

mary beth

Anyone who condole this animal fighting would be a very sick person mentally. All animal fighting has got to be stopped. Please all animal activist ban together and help with these sick fighting situations. These animals need our voice & help. The people who watch this is sick SOB's.


people who do this horrible abuse treatment to animals; should pay an accountability extremetly high, and with a box time at least 10 years. Animals are not for abuse. Thank you for saving these Birds(animals).


Thanks For all your work! These type of people that think this is normal need to GO BACK!! to their Country!!!! Any body that would mistreat any Animal is sick and should be put in Prison. This kind of stuff has to be STOPPED. Good Job!!


May the lowlife loser dirtballs PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get the maximum penalty allowed by law (and then some)!!!!!

Cheryl Richburg

What will happen to all the birds?
I can take a few, but I am in Texas

In Vermont

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! We are heartsick at the abuse of any animals. I will spread the word about ASPCA among all of my contacts.


That fine should be $25,000 PER BIRD!! (p.s.: how do you know when someone is a Vegan? They'll effing make sure you know!)

susan rudnicki

What ASPCA and others doing the raids don't tell the public is, MOST of these poor birds will be "offed" because no one wants them. Roos, especially, with their ability to crow, are excluded from all but the most rural locations, and the sanctuaries taking them are overwhelmed by the backyard chicken keeping movement dumping the 50% of the population that is statistically male. I love roosters, and have 2 lovely ones, but humans seem to have a very short fuse for the bird's natural voice. They will tolerate a baying dog many times over the crowing of a rooster. Ironically, folks will travel to France to stay in the countryside and extoll the bucolic beauty of early morning rooster crows---guess the expensive price makes it more "atmospheric"