Horse breeder arraigned on cruelty charges

August 18, 2009 1:33:24 PM PDT
Horse breeder Ernest Paragallo, who was banned from racing after 177 malnourished horses were seized in a raid of his upstate New York farm, has been arraigned on 35 counts of animal cruelty.Paragallo appeared Tuesday before Judge George Pulver Jr. in Greene County Court but didn't enter a plea. The case was adjourned for 45 days. Paragallo remains free on $5,000 bail and has denied abusing the animals. If convicted of the misdemeanor counts, the Long Island resident could face up to two years in jail and $35,000 in fines.

State police raided Paragallo's farm 20 miles south of Albany in April.

Paragallo, owner of 1996 Kentucky Derby favorite and fifth-place finisher Unbridled's Song, has started more than 4,500 horses and earned more than $20 million in purses.