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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.

Please contact The Journal News about this gross miscarriage of justice!

Letters to the editor: letters@thejounalnews.com , 250 wds or less, include name, address, phone # for confirmation.

 


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