- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Law enforcement, humane investigators and animal control officers from across the state are meeting at the State Police Academy in Albany for a workshop on investigating animal cruelty.

The meeting on Tuesday is aimed at teaching participants about state laws that pertain to animal cruelty and how to effectively investigate complaints. Workshop speakers are experienced in the field of animal cruelty and include a veterinarian from the Albany area and members of law enforcement.

Last year, the ASPCA and police agencies cracked the largest cockfighting ring in state history. They raided a 90-acre farm in Ulster County, where as many as 3,000 fighting birds were being kept. In all, nearly 4,000 birds had to be euthanized.

So far this legislative session in Albany, lawmakers have introduced 21 animal cruelty bills.

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