On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA, we would like to offer District Attorney Terry Wilhelm and the Greene County DA’s office our deepest appreciation for the outstanding job they did in laying out a case that demonstrated the horrific cruelty that took place at Center Brook Farm and the conviction of breeder/owner Ernie Paragallo on 33 counts of animal cruelty.
District Attorney Wilhelm’s prosecution will not only set a precedent for animal cruelty throughout the United States, his prosecution of Mr. Paragallo will be used as a template for prosecutors to convict other individuals that are responsible for these hyenas acts against animals.
In addition, we’d like to offer a special thanks to Investigator Bill Fitzmaurice and Sergeant Lisa Herdman of NYS Police for assisting us with the investigation, Jerry Bilinski, DVM, Danielle Sand, VMD and Linda Kutrubes, VMD for their time and effort in examining the horses during the raid and providing medical attention thereafter to help with the rehabilitation of the Center Brook Farm horses.
Lastly, we’d like to thank the staff and volunteers of CGHS/SPCA for spending months at Center Brook Farm to facilitate over eighty horse adoptions throughout the United States and Canada.
Ron Perez, Director/Investigator Charlene Marchand, Chairperson, Board of Directors