UPDATED 11 P.M.
Ernie Paragallo remained in jail awaiting The Paulick Report has learned that Ernie Paragallo is facing 22 counts of animal cruelty in connection with the poor condition of the Thoroughbred horses at his Center Brook Farm in Climax, N.Y., discovered when state police and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raided the farm on Wednesday. The Paulick Report first reported April 3 that several undernourished horses with lice and open wounds owned by Paragallo were rescued from a New York livestock auction in March.
He is being arraigned later this afternoon at the Coxsackie Town Court in Coxsackie, N.Y. According to published reports, Paragallo could face up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail for each count.
According to the New York Daily News, Paragallo had not made bail as of 9:40 p.m. However, the New York State Police told the Paulick Report at 10:45 p.m. that Paragallo had been released on bail sometime in the last hour.
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