Despite being busted as the base of an alleged cockfighting ring, a Brooklyn pet store remains open, selling pet food and other supplies. Inside the store, called Pet NV, officials found fighting equipment, including bandages used to attach sharp spurs to the birds' legs, sparring muffs and stuffed rooster dummies. Says the NY Daily News:
Police broke into the basement of Pet NV at 71 Central Ave. on Feb. 9, and rescued 30 to 50 fighting birds from individual metal cages. Shop owner Jeremias Nieves was arrested and charged with animal fighting.
During the ASPCA-led cockfighting bust, which was called "Operation Angry Birds" as many as 3,000 birds were seized from several locations, and 70 people were rounded up -- nine of which were arrested. It was the largest takedown and rooster rescue in state history, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The owner of the store, which has been in business over 25 years, said that he "had nothing to do with it." The store no longer sells cats and dogs, and animal advocates have been flooding the store's Yelp page with warnings to stay away.