Archive for Saturday, April 11, 2009

Horse breeder charged with cruelty to animals

April 11, 2009

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— A prominent thoroughbred breeder who once owned a Kentucky Derby favorite was charged Friday with cruelty to animals, two days after authorities seized 177 malnourished horses at his Hudson Valley farm.

Ernie Paragallo was charged with 22 counts of violating New York’s Agriculture and Markets law that prohibits torturing or injuring an animal or failing to provide sustenance, New York state police dispatcher Terri Gallagher said.

After Paragallo’s arrest, New York State Racing and Wagering Board chairman John Sabini released a statement saying the board had “immediately terminated his privilege to be involved with thoroughbred racing in New York.”

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 7 years, 8 months ago

It is good that he was found out before the horses died or suffered more. I hope they find good stables so they can continue their racing careers. He will no longer be involved in thoroughbred racing in the state of New York. I would hope that officials in other states check out these things before allowing him to do so in their state.

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