Jail cell doorIn what several sources refer to as “Operation Angry Bird” and New York’s largest cockfighting bust, authorities have seized nearly 3,000 roosters and taken 70 people in custody.  These busts occurred on Saturday and Sunday, when the crime task force raided “a cockfighting event in Queens, a secret rooster coop in Brooklyn and breeding farm in upstate Ulster County.”  The cockfight raid in Queens took place in a basement at 74-26 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven, Queens.  The six individuals who were responsible for bringing and fighting the roosters at the event were arrested and charged with animal fighting.  According to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the “birds were found in tiny cages with razors attached to them.”

Types Of Abuse Suffered By The Birds:

Authorities claims that the types of abuse endured by these innocent birds include the following:

  • Syringes were used to inject the roosters with performance-enhancing drugs, such as steroids and vitamins.
  • Wax and medical tape were used to fit the roosters with razor-sharp metal spurs in order to tear each other apart in the small.

Animal Fighting Is A Crime:

If someone is found intentionally injuring, maiming, poisoning, disfiguring, or harming an animal, they may be convicted of animal abuse.  According to New York Daily News, “Animal fighting is a felony punishable in New York by a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $25,000 fine.”  California, like New York, treats animal abuse very seriously. In California, if a person tortures, torments, cruelly beats, mutilates or cruelly kills an animal, they will be guilty of a misdemeanor or felony.

Do You Suspect Animal Cruelty?

Animal abuse laws vary by state.  If you suspect animal cruelty, you should contact the law enforcement agency in your area.  The types of information that may be necessary in your animal abuse report to authorities include the location of the abuse, when the abuse occurred and identity of the suspect.  Gathering all the facts of the abuse may be very important in the case against the abuser.