Kristen and Jennifer Paragallo, the daughters of Ernie Paragallo who faces 22 counts of animal cruelty, have relinquished their owners’ licenses.
“The surrendering of the two licenses from (Paragallo’s) daughters came during our suitability review,” said Joe Mahoney, a spokesperson for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, on June 10. “That suitability review kicked off at the time of the raid on Center Brook Farm. We are still looking at their status, and we haven’t terminated our review at this point. But there are no Paragallos currently licensed in New York.”
Ernie Paragallo surrendered his authorized agent’s license in April after he was arraigned on 22 counts of animal cruelty, upon the discovery that 177 of his horses in residence at his Center Brook Farm in Climax, N.Y. were in poor health as a result of neglect.
The Paragallos’ racing stock, which ran under the nom-de-course of Paraneck Stable, is in the process of being sold, Mahoney said. Five horses had been sold to Joe Sgro’s New York-based Fever Racing Stables. Another four, whom were to be sold in a lease arrangement to Sgro are still owned by Paragallo after the racing board stopped their sale. That leaves a total of eight remaining to be sold.
“We are still continuing to monitor the sales of the Paraneck horses,” Mahoney said. “We can’t hold up sales to owners in other jurisdictions. So we are not involved in the same level of scrutiny of any sales outside of New York. But we understand, apparently, some horses have gone to Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.”
Ernie Paragallo is scheduled to appear in a Coxsackie court on June 22. The penalty, if he is convicted, is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for each of the 22 charges against him.
A phone call on June 10 to Paragallo was not returned.