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Horse Breeder Gets Jail Time

Written by PETA | May 19, 2010
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Yes! Ernie Paragallo, the jerk thoroughbred breeder who starved more than 175 horses on his farm in New York’s Hudson Valley, has been sentenced to up to two years in prison and fined $30,000. In addition, he must pay restitution to humane groups that cared for the horses after they were seized. Of course, the fine is just a drop in the (oat) bucket for a former Goldman Sachs exec who netted more than $20 million during the 20 years that he bred and raced horses, but that jail time’s gotta hurt.

“Your moral compass is out of kilter,” Judge George Pulver Jr. told Paragallo as he handed down the maximum sentence. “Your sense of integrity, your code of conduct, your perception of right and wrong was perhaps formed by your days on either mean streets or Wall Street.”

Coming in the midst of the Triple Crown season, the sentencing serves as a timely reminder to stay away from racetracks and the cruelty to horses that’s associated with them. Here’s hoping that Paragallo gets nothing but bread and water during his stay in the pokey—and even that’s more than his horses got.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Vicky says:

    He deserves a lengthy jail sentence for starving horses. I used to show horses years ago and they are wonderful animals who will give you their best when you ask it of them. I loved my horses and they were well fed and well groomed. I cannot understand how anyone can abuse an animal.

  • Lauren Holt says:

    Two Years? Two measly years? I know I know it’s still something but if you starved 175 humans you’d get life in America anyway… here in Britain you’d probably just be fined. Two years is nothing. I say lock him up for life!!

  • Shian says:

    People like this disgust me. These are amazing beautiful animals and they work hard to please if you can’t do enough to keep them fed then you deserve twenty years in prison and should have to pay for the care and feeding of these animals in their adoptive homes for the rest of their lives.

  • maureen says:

    Well as far as I am concerned the jail time is not long enoughbut at least it is something. I cannot wait til these type of people start getting real jail time and larger fines and for community service made to work in shelters to start cleaning up the messes they made. It is a small victory but it is a start!!!

  • Joanna says:

    Yeah! I also so a plug for polo played on segway scooters. Way Cool!

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