Two Yonkers men convicted for running a dog-fighting ring
Two Yonkers men were convicted Friday of animal fighting and mistreatment. A third person pleaded guilty to animal fighting before the trial started.
Jahroan Bratton, 19, and Dean Clymer, 35, and Kyle Ellison were arrested back in January after police found more than a dozen starved and wounded pit bulls in downtown Yonkers. When police rescued the animals they found treadmills used for endurance training, ropes and chains, and dogs tethered to poles.
Prosecutors say what police found was cruel evidence of a dog-fighting ring.
Both Bratton and Clymer opted for a non-jury trial and now face up to four years in prison. They will be sentenced on March 5. As for Ellison, he is expected to get no more than probation and six months in jail.