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Two Men Accused of Staging Dog Fights for Sport

Rockland residents accused of animal cruelty.

Two Rockland County men have been charged with animal cruelty for staging dog fights as entertainment in their homes, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.

When investigators raided a home in New Hempstead, Zugibe said they recovered nine Pit Bull terriers and observed other evidence of dog fighting, including a length of rope used to strengthen a dog’s jaw muscles.

“This type of activity is neither a sport nor a hobby, but a particularly merciless crime," Zugibe said. "My prosecutors take a strong stand against animal cruelty. We are committed to aggressively enforcing a number of state laws aimed at protecting animals from harm.”

Ralph Cadet, 41, of 39 Greenridge Way, New Hempstead, and Tyrell Francis, 26, also of 39 Greenridge Way, were arrested and arraigned on a six-count indictment charging them with:

- Four counts of Prohibited Animal Fighting, class “E” Felonies
- Two counts of Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals; Failure to Provide Sustenance, class “A” Misdemeanors

Zugibe said dog fights took place between January and April inside 39 Greenridge Way. When the home was raided, Zugibe said the dogs were found roaming the house from cages and ranged in age from 7-month-old puppies to 3 years and were in varying stages of health.

At least one of the animals had scars on its front leg and face.

Zugibe said the indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the Rockland County Drug Task Force, the Rockland County Computer Crimes Task Force, the Hudson Valley Humane Society, the Ramapo Police Department Street Crime Unit and the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit.

Cadet and Francis were previously indicted in an ongoing narcotics investigation, during which the animal abuse was uncovered. Zugibe said at least one dog fight was captured on video.

The animals were removed from the home and placed in the custody and control of the Hudson Valley Human Society, where they received medical treatment and were evaluated for adoption, if possible.

The most serious offense, Prohibited Animal Fighting, is punishable by a maximum sentence of up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.

Francis was arraigned in Rockland County Court in New City by Judge William K. Nelson and ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City on $25,000 bail. Cadet was also arrigned by Nelson and ordered held in the jail on $10,000 bail.

They are both due to return to court on Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Robert Trudell and Executive Assistant District Attorney Gary Lee Heavner. 

Can't we all just get along October 17, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The fines should be a lot higher, time served should be a lot longer.
Elaine Duddy October 17, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Horrible to know that there are Michael Vick clones living in our area. Poor dogs!
d harding October 17, 2012 at 03:27 PM
i agree the fines should be much higher and the time served a lot longer-they should have to do service at shelters -and i hope they do not have children -
Odd Job October 17, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Did you save this story to run in during Pit Bull Awareness Month? Seems from Channel 12 that many of the dogs seized have already found homes. Surely, this just didn't happen. These two thugs should get exactly what the dogs got. No food, bad treatment and someone biting the crap out of them. Losers.
Jim October 17, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Gee wonder if they will have their names on the animal abuse registry. I would surely hope so.
Tyler Durden October 17, 2012 at 03:54 PM
These are little, little men.
Odd Job October 17, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Oh yes, Gerry Bierker spearheaded that... I wonder if there is a lnk for this Rockland County Animal Abusers Registry. The laws in this country are worthless, just finding out that Michael Vick owns a dog is proof of that. Disgusting.
Odd Job October 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Yes, they are why Kelly Ripa spouts off last week that Pit Bull Terriers are "dangerous dogs owned by gangsters". I guess you could add drug dealers and low lifes to the list. Don't blame the dog, blame the sadists that abuse and neglect them to make them mean for fighting.
Larry October 17, 2012 at 04:24 PM
These 2 cowards should be made to suffer like the dogs did. I hope that some of the other inmates find this crime as horrendous as I do and take matters into their own hands. If your so tough, join the army and go to the front lines in Afganistan you losers. Most serial killers start out abusing animals.
Odd Job October 17, 2012 at 04:32 PM
This type of activity is neither a sport nor a hobby, but a particularly merciless crime," Zugibe said. "My prosecutors take a strong stand against animal cruelty. We are committed to aggressively enforcing a number of state laws aimed at protecting animals from harm.” - You may want to reconsider your heading for this story.
Odd Job October 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
These lunatics end up giving the dogs a slow death or a death sentence because they will be aggressive and unsocialized from this kind of treatment. If they think this is entertainment, they got serious issues. Then again, they are a bunch of drug users or dealers so what should we expect?
William Demarest (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Investigators say the two men charged say this as a "hobby" and did not think there was anything wrong with training dogs to fight and then staging the fights as a recreational event .... obviously society - and the law - has a different view.
Can't we all just get along October 17, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I hope they get the maximum sentences and some of their fine money should go to help the animal shelters in the county.
Bernie Heller October 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I agree about the fine money, BUT, I also think they should be put in the PIT with the dogs (lots of them).
Odd Job October 17, 2012 at 07:25 PM
These men are devoid of any kind of compassion, morals or kindness if they think that animals trained to hurt and kill each other is a fun way to pass the time. I don't know what kind of households that they were raised in but I guess they could be compared to Michael Vick.
KAY October 17, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I would like to get every so called man at this so called entertainment and watch them fight, But they are cowards who need to watch innocent animals fight to release thier own deep seated vile aggressions. If you must fight than beat each other, I bet many would pay for that entertainment!
Odd Job October 18, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I would like to see Ralphie and Tyrell duke it out. I wonder if Tyrell's hair would get pulled.
Stephen J. Reich October 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM
This is much more prevalent than most people realize.
Larry December 07, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Please Nyack-Piermont Patch, don't call these cowards men. They are lower than the scum of the earth. Put them in jail and let the other inmates dole out their punishments, I wonder how tough they will be then! Probably cry like the cowards that they are.
Odd Job December 07, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Well said Larry, if they lack any kind of compassion for animals, how much could they have for humans?

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