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Hamburg man pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge for throwing and hitting puppy

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Posted at 1:21 PM, May 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-20 13:22:53-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Hamburg man has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge for intentionally injuring a puppy.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office announced that 28-year-old Kyle Ribarich pleaded guilty to one count of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals.

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The district attorney's office said on November 13, 2021, Ribarich intentionally injured a 4-month-old Rottweiler puppy by throwing it to the ground and hitting it with his hand and closed fist multiple times. The puppy was taken to a veterinarian by the owner and underwent surgery for a broken leg. An order of protection for the owner of the puppy was previously issued by the judge and remains in place.

Ribarich faces a maximum of one year in jail and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 5. He continues to remain released on his own recognizance as the charge is non-qualifying for bail.