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Hamburg man sentenced on animal cruelty charge

Kyle Ribarich, 28, was sentenced to three years probation.
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HAMBURG, N.Y. — A man from the Town of Hamburg was sentenced on a misdemeanor charge for harming a puppy.

Kyle Ribarich, 28, was sentenced to three years probation. 

Ribarich pleaded guilty to one count of Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals (class “a” misdemeanor under New York Agriculture and Markets Law), the highest sustainable charge back in May. 

Prosecutors said Ribarich intentionally harmed a 4-month-old Rottweiler puppy while it was in his care. Investigators say Ribarich allegedly threw the puppy to the ground multiple times. He is also accused of hitting the puppy with his hand in a closed fist several time. 

The incident happened inside a home in the Town of Hamburg on Nov. 13, 2021. The dog was taken to the vet by the owner of the dog where it underwent surgery for a broken leg. 

Ribarich will not be able to own an animal for the next three years.

A final order of protection for the owner of the dog and her daughter were issued.


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