- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

COXSACKIE, N.Y. (AP) - A court hearing has been postponed for a prominent thoroughbred breeder charged with cruelty after scores of malnourished horses were found on his New York farm.

Ernie Paragallo was to appear in Coxsackie (kuhk-SAHK’-ee) Town Court on Monday afternoon, but a clerk says the hearing was postponed at the request of his lawyer. A new date hasn’t been set.

On April 8, police and animal protection organizations found 177 horses suffering from neglect and malnourishment on Paragallo’s farm. Two days later, he was charged with 22 counts of torturing or injuring animals.

The 51-year-old Long Island resident has said he’s innocent. He is out on bail.

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