SAVAGE COCKFIGHTING RING Busted in
Alabama Brooklyn – 3,000 Birds Rescued
A savage cockfighting ring was busted in
Alabama New York City this weekend.]
Nine people were arrested. 3,000 caged birds were rescued.
“Operation Angry Birds” the largest cockfighting bust in New York state history, resulted in more than 3,000 seized birds, 70 people taken into custody and nine felony arrests. (CNN)
NY Times reported:
Five people were charged after investigators raided a bloody late-night cockfight in the squalid basement of a vacant Queens storefront where birds waiting for later rounds were kept in sacks hanging from the walls, officials said on Sunday.
The raid, conducted on Saturday and led by investigators from the New York State attorney general’s office, smashed a cockfighting ring that held brutal fight nights in the basement twice a month, witnesses and officials said. Investigators also arrested a Brooklyn pet shop owner who they said had taken birds to the fights in Woodhaven, Queens, near the Brooklyn border. Then on Sunday, investigators stormed a farm in Plattekill, N.Y., about 150 miles northwest of New York City in upstate Ulster County, where they said birds had been raised and trained. They said they found more than 3,000 birds in cages there.
In all three places, investigators said, they found birds that had been altered to inflict maximum damage in the ring. Court documents said that in the basement in Queens, 65 roosters were found with their natural spurs clipped off and with sharper metal spurs attached to their bodies. In all, eight of those arrested were charged with felonies.