Cop, animal shelter director, testify in Yonkers dog-fighting trial

Two men are on trial accused of running a dog-fighting ring in Yonkers that was busted in January. Police say they found 17 dogs living in deplorable conditions at 101 Fernbrook Street in Yonkers. Jayron Bratton and Dean Clymer of Yonkers both face charges of animal cruelty and promoting dog fighting.

A police officer and animal shelter director took the stand on Wednesday and described what they saw the night of the raid.

According to testimony in the case, Officer Hugo Tassone saw multiple dogs tied to poles, several cages filled with dogs and a treadmill that could be used for animal endurance training. Tassone also described a malnourished dog saying the ribs were protruding through its coat and it was unable to stand on its own.

The director of the Yonkers Animal Shelter, Albert Walker, also testified. He was called to the scene on the night of the raid. He said that when he walked into the basement, it was cold, the lights were dim and he smelled an odor of urine.

But defense lawyer Donald Roth says don't believe it all just yet. He says the evidence shows that none of the 17 dogs were treated in a sadistic matter, which would equal animal cruelty. Roth also says there is no proof the dog fighting actually happened.

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