Published: Nov 18, 2010 12:29 AM EST
Updated: Nov 17, 2010 8:41 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Two months after breaking up the largest alleged cockfighting operation in state history, the ASPCA is giving $26,000 to help build cases against animal cruelty.

The money is going towards Lee County Animal Service's animal abuse task force, as well as much needed equipment upgrades.

The ASPCA provided the majority of the video and photograph evidence during the cockfighting operation, but this money now allows the county to build stronger cases against animal cruelty on its own.

In the past, some cases were put in jeopardy due to poor quality of video evidence.

So far, $22,000 of the grant is spent: $6,000 for equipment and cameras, $6,000 for training seminars, and $10,000 for travel expenses.

Lee County's Animal Service has been hampered by its $3.9 million dollar annual budget that covers all of its operating costs.