9 arrested, 3,000 birds rescued in largest cockfighting takedown in New York history

Police swarmed Bushwick pet shop “Pet NV” on Central Avenue over the weekend, where authorities say they saved 50 birds from the basement. They were said to be found in poor condition and kept inside individual metal cages.

Police swarmed Bushwick pet shop “Pet NV” on Central Avenue over the weekend, where authorities say they saved 50 birds from the basement. They were said to be found in poor condition and kept inside individual metal cages. (2/10/14)

BROOKLYN - Simultaneous raids in Ulster County, Queens and Brooklyn led to the arrest of nine people and the rescue of 3,000 birds in what is being called the largest cockfighting takedown in New York history.

Police swarmed Bushwick pet shop “Pet NV” on Central Avenue over the weekend, where authorities say they saved 50 birds from the basement. They were said to be found in poor condition and kept inside individual metal cages.

A total of 70 people were taken into custody with nine arrested, including the 74-year-old owner of Pet NV. He was charged with prohibition of animal fighting.

“Cockfighting is a brutal form of animal cruelty that is linked to other crimes, and my office will continue working to catch and prosecute those responsible," said state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a released statement.

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