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New York breeder convicted for neglect

PROMINENT New York owner-breeder Ernie Paragallo has been convicted in a non-jury trial on 33 of 34 animal cruelty charges brought against him.

Paragallo was charged by New York state police last year on counts of torturing or injuring animals and failure to provide them with proper sustenance.

The case arose after authorities raided Paragallo's 500-acre farm and found that numerous horses were suffering from neglect and malnourishment.

Paragallo, who earlier this month had testified that he didn't know that his horses weren't being fed enough, could face up to twoyears in jail and $35,000 in fines.

Horses owned by Paragallo have made more than 4,500 starts and earned over $20m in prize money. The New York racing and wagering board revoked his licence following his arrest.

 

 

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