Surveillance warrants can now be issued for suspected animal fighting in New York State. Currently, the investigation of animal fighting activities does not qualify law enforcement to receive a warrant to conduct electronic surveillance.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says animal fighting often involves a group of people working together to take part in the illegal activity. They often rely on phone and electronic communication.
“This is a particularly cruel and heinous crime, and we must use every tool at our disposal to stamp out these despicable acts once and for all,” Governor Cuomo said. “This legislation will give law enforcement new powers to crack down on these rings, protect animals from harm and bring these criminals to justice.”
Law enforcement will now be able to execute eavesdropping and video surveillance warrants in these investigations.