Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The SPCA Serving Erie County is helping the ASPCA in New York City as it deals with thousands of birds recovered after the state attorney general broke up the largest cockfighting ring in state history.
More than 6,000 birds have been rescued in a three-county cockfighting takedown that has resulted in nine felony arrests. The seizures occurred in Queens, Brooklyn and Ulster County.
"Every single one needs to be handled, processed, and cared for, it's an incredible amount of work," says Gina Browning of the SPCA. "This is a massive undertaking, this will take weeks."
Browning says she has experts heading down to New York City to help "We have one staff member at an undisclosed location helping handle and evaluate them," says Browning. "Because of the magnitude of the operation, we'll sending additional staff members because we have folks here with experience in handling this."