Horse breeder arraigned on animal cruelty charges

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) - August 19, 2009

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.

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