New York Man Pleads Guilty to Torturing 4-Month on Rottweiler Puppy

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HAMBURG, NY – A Hamburg man has pleaded guilty to torturing a 4-month-old Rottweiler puppy, throwing the young dog multiple times to the ground last November. In court today, 28-year-old Kyle Ribarich of Hamburg pleaded guilty to the highest sustainable charge of one count of Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals.

According to police records, on November 13, 2021, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the defendant intentionally caused injuries to a 4-month-old Rottweiler puppy under his care by throwing the dog to the ground multiple times.

“The defendant also hit the dog with his hand and closed fist several times. The incident occurred inside of a home in the Town of Hamburg,” said Erie County Prosecutor John Flynn. “The dog was taken to a veterinarian by the owner to undergo surgery for a broken leg.Ribarich faces a maximum of one year in jail when he is sentenced on August 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. He continues to remain released on his own recognizance as the charge is non-qualifying for bail.”

A temporary order of protection remains in effect for the owner of the injured dog.