State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is saying it’s the largest cockfighting bust in the state’s history, as police raided a three-county ring while arresting 70 and rescuing thousands of chickens.
There were 70 people taken into custody at a New York City cockfighting event, nine felony arrests were made and as many as 3,000 birds were rescued, authorities announced via news release.
In the Ulster County Town of Plattekill, two farmers were arrested on felony prohibition of animal fighting charges.
Farm manager Manuel Cruz, 60, and Jesus Cruz, 37, a farm hand, were arrested and arraigned, and are expected back in Plattekill Town Court today.
For years, roosters that were bred and trained at the Plattekill farm were transported to a cockfighting event, raided in Queens County and to a Brooklyn pet shop that was raided as well, according to the news release.
These fights, which began in the evening and lasted into the early morning hours, pitted dozens of roosters against one another to fight to the death, the release stated.
The raid was known as “Operation Angry Birds,” according to the Attorney General’s office.
Via the PoJo, here’s provided footage of rescue efforts in Queens: