Over this past weekend, the largest cockfighting ring in New York history was busted. The ASPCA and New York State Police assisted with the removal, transport and sheltering of as many as 6,000 roosters and hens. Most of the roosters were confiscated from a 90 acre farm upstate, which had operated for years under the guise of a poultry farm, but birds and other animals were also rescued here in New York City.
On Saturday, February 8th, the ASPCA seized 65 birds as a result of a cockfighting bust in Woodhaven, Queens. Tragically, rooster carcasses were also found from birds that had been killed earlier in the night from a cockfighting event.
On the same day, police executed a search warrant at Pet NV, a pet shop in Brooklyn, which resulted in the removal of 50 roosters, as well as other animals and birds including hamsters, finches, and rabbits. The roosters were found to be living in deplorable conditions, inside of metal cages in the basement of the pet shop, along with cockfighting paraphernalia such as: syringes to inject performance enhancing drugs, artificial spurs, candle wax and medical adhesive tape.
We are happy to announce that we have worked with the ASPCA to take in many of the small mammals and birds that were seized from this pet shop. We have received approximately 4 lizards, 30 rats, 4 gerbils, 20 hamsters, 8 rabbits, 8 cockatiels, 8 parakeets and some finches. These innocent creatures are now safe with us, and are available for adoption at our Windsor Terrace shelter. We are looking for adopters so that we can find these babies the forever homes they deserve.
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Please remember that cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states. In New York, cockfighting and possession of a fighting bird are felonies. Additionally, attending a cockfight is a misdemeanor. If you have any knowledge of cockfighting occurring in your neighborhood, please call your local police department. Together we can help save lives and end this blood sport.
Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to The Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. SCAR’s tax identification number is 35-2244558.
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