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Spring Valley Man Pleads "Guilty" to 8 Counts of Animal Cruelty
Posted Thursday, May 29, 2014


  • Forfeiture of all 14 dogs to the Hudson Valley Humane Society ("HVHS").
  • $12,000.00 restitution to the HVHS representing a portion of the expenses related to the care of these dogs.
  • Mr. Braxton is unable to own dogs for a period of 1-year.
  • Monitoring and unscheduled supervision by the HVHS of Mr. Braxton’s residence for a period of 1-year.

All 14 dogs are currently available for adoption and can be viewed at the HVHS website: Adoptions are by appointment only; interested parties should contact the HVHS at  or at 845-354-3124. The HVHS reserves the right to approve or deny any adoption application.

Some of the available dogs include:

  • "PARIS" - a 2 year old spayed, female Rottweiler
  • "BONNIE" - an approximately 4-5 year old spayed, female German Shepherd
  • "TARA" - an approximately 11 month old spayed, female German Shepherd
  • "GUS" - an approximately 2 year old neutered, male German Shepherd
  • "CLYDE" - an approximately 2 year old neutered, male German Shepherd
  • "COCO" - an approximately 2 year old spayed, female German Shepherd

HVHS Humane Law Enforcement Chief of Patrol, Richard Raheb and Agent Ann Marie Gaudio, led the investigation. Rockland County Assistant District Attorney, Michael Dugandzic presented the case. The statute under which Mr. Braxton pled guilty is as follows:

Article 26, § 353. A person who overdrives, overloads, tortures or cruelly beats or unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills any animal, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink, or neglects or refuses to furnish it such sustenance or drink, or causes, procures or permits any animal to be overdriven, overloaded, tortured, cruelly beaten, or unjustifiably injured, maimed, mutilated or killed, or to be deprived of necessary food or drink, or who willfully sets on foot, instigates, engages in, or in any way furthers any act of cruelty to any animal, or any act tending to produce such cruelty, is guilty of a class A misdemeanor and for purposes of paragraph (b) of subdivision one of section 160.10 of the criminal procedure law, shall be treated as a misdemeanor defined in the penal law.


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