Animal Control officer demands action on alleged cockfighting ring
Animal Control Officer John DeCando is calling for action tonight, following the bust of an alleged cockfighting ring.
The raid happened Saturday in an industrial building near Route 19 in Paterson. Investigators made 11 arrests and found nearly 50 live chickens.
Investigators say the birds had been injected with drugs and had metal talons on their feet for fighting. Paterson Animal Control says many birds used in rings such as the one that was raided come from Puerto Rico. Officials say the chickens are sent through the U.S. Postal Service.
Postal officials say it's nearly impossible for them to identify chickens that could be used for fighting because they're prohibited, by law, from opening packages. Cops: 11 arrested in alleged cockfighting ring