PLATTEKILL, N.Y. -- Working around the clock a team of more than 70 people with the ASPCA, are loading crates of roosters and hens into trucks -- seized as part of a massive cockfighting bust.
"Our focus right now is really to collect evidence on this scene and to get these animals removed to safety so we can begin evaluating what their medical conditions are," said Tim Rickey, ASPCA Field Investigation Unit vice president.
ASPCA officials said they've removed only a portion of the estimated 6,000 birds on the 90 acre farm in Plattekill.
"We're seeing a lot of birds that are dehydrated so getting water to them quickly is one of our primary goals," said Rickey.
The raid began Sunday, and the conditions are being described by investigators as deplorable.
"They were engaged in this blood sport where birds were injected drugs where they put razor spurs on them so they could cut each other up more easily and they watched these birds hack each other to death," said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The ASPCA is caring for the birds at an undisclosed location the birds are considered evidence and are worth money.
"It was gambling it was legally liquor drugs it was a whole package of things," said Schneiderman.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said the recently passed Farm Bill actually addresses the issue, making it a federal crime to even attend an animal fighting event.
"We're not going to allow these sort of barbaric to occur, we don't want our kids exposed to them, and it's wrong it's wrong to engage in this type of cruelty with animals," said Maloney, D-Cold Spring.
"But this is just not something we're going to stand for in the State of New York," said Schneiderman.
Back on the farm, it could be a few more days until all of the birds are removed.
And the prosecution for the dozens accused of being involved is just beginning.