On February 8-9, the ASPCA, at the request of the New York State Attorney General's Office, along with the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police, assisted with the removal, transport and sheltering of as many as 4,000 fighting roosters in the largest cockfighting case in New York State history.
The ASPCA seized 65 birds as a result of a cockfighting bust by law enforcement agencies in Woodhaven, Queens. Six arrests were made for violation of the animal fighting law. The ASPCA also discovered rooster carcasses that had been killed earlier in the night during the cockfighting event.
Simultaneously, police executed a search warrant at a pet shop in Brooklyn, resulting in the seizure of 50 roosters as well as other animals including hamsters, finches, rabbits and snakes. ASPCA responders found the roosters living inside metal cages in the basement of the pet shop, with physical alterations to the roosters consistent with cockfighting.
At both properties, cockfighting paraphernalia, including artificial spurs, candle wax, medical adhesive tape, syringes used to inject performance enhancing drugs to strengthen the roosters’ fighting ability, was discovered.
The following morning, February 9, the ASPCA assisted law enforcement agencies as they raided a 90-acre farm where as many as 4,000 roosters and hens were seized. The ASPCA established a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where the birds will be cared for and housed pending disposition.
Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states. With your help, we can save thousands of animal victims from blood sports like cockfighting and dog fighting. Thank you for your support.