Yonkers man sentenced to home monitoring
By JONATHAN BANDLER
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: January 17, 2004)
A 20-year-old Yonkers man who fed and walked the dogs
at a pit-bull training operation in Yonkers was spared jail time yesterday,
but will have to spend four months under electronic home monitoring.
Kyle Ellison pleaded guilty to prohibition of animal
fighting before his trial was to begin in October. Westchester County Judge
Kenneth Lange promised him probation with no more than six months in the
county jail, but yesterday decided against incarceration.
The 17 dogs were discovered living in squalor in the
basement of 101 Fernbrook St. along the Hudson River on Jan. 14, 2003.
Ellison's two co-defendants, Dean Clymer and Jaron
Bratton, went to trial and were convicted of prohibition of animal fighting,
but acquitted of aggravated cruelty to animals. They each face up to four
years in state prison when Lange sentences them on March 5.
Several of the dogs had to be put to sleep because of
physical and psychological injuries they suffered.
Ellison was paid $20 a day to clean up after the dogs,
a job he said he needed to help support his newborn baby.
For the next four months, Ellison will be allowed to go
to work, visit his probation officer and tend to emergencies, but otherwise
must stay at home. He will remain on probation until 2009.
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