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PLATTEKILL, N.Y. -- It's been nearly a week since the largest cockfighting ring in New York State history was broken up in Plattekill.
The rescue efforts are far from finished.
Officials from the ASPCA and the local Ulster County SPCA are still at that Plattekill farm, collecting more than 6,000 roosters and chickens.
But the fighting birds weren't the only animals found in rough conditions.
The Ulster County SPCA is taking in other animals from the farm.
Executive Director Adam Saunders says the shelter has already pulled in 53 other animals.
Dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and other birds were all discovered.
Saunders believes some of the animals may have been there to protect the roosters, many of which were worth a lot of money.
"I'm assuming the dogs were more of a protection type thing, shepherds trying to protect the flock from predatory type animals. Perhaps the cats were also seeking to control the rodent population," said Adam Saunders, Executive Director, Ulster County SPCA.
When we talked to Saunders, he said he was on his way out to rescue even more animals from the Plattekill farm.
He expects around 60 additional animals will be brought to the shelter within the next few days.