Governor Cuomo has signed a bill that will add animal fighting as a designated offense for an eavesdropping or video surveillance warrant. Prior to this measure the investigation of animal fighting activities didn’t qualify as a crime that allowed law enforcement to conduct electronic surveillance.

According to Cuomo’s office animal fighting often requires multiple individuals acting in concert, using telephones and web-based communications devices. The legislation now authorizes the issuance of eavesdropping and video surveillance warrants for the investigation of animal fighting crimes.