The 3,000-odd birds seized from an illegal cockfighting ring in New York City and a farm outside the city are now in a limbo state, still considered "evidence" in the case, according to the ASPCA, who helped organize the bust. Says spokesperson Kelly Krause:
We are still in the process of removing the birds from the farm and do not have a final count of the birds yet. The birds are considered evidence, so we will provide medical attention and daily care for the birds at our temporary shelter until there is a voluntary surrender or court-ordered forfeiture of the birds.
Krause said that the ASPCA is not disclosing the location of a temporary shelter where the birds are being housed, for the safety of the birds and responders, and it's too early to determine exactly where they will end up. But the ASPCA is hopeful, she added: "Right now we are focusing on removing the birds from this situation and cycle of violence."
Here are some photos from the heroic rescue effort, via the ASPCA: