West Hempstead Man Charged With Dog Fighting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hector HernandezA West Hempstead man has been arrested for allegedly keeping eight wounded or malnourished pit pulls caged in a shed full of paraphernalia used for what authorities described as an illegal dog-fighting operation.Hector Hernandez was charged Friday at Nassau County court with animal fighting and failure to provide proper sustenance.Prosecutors said that the 26-year-old suspect had eight dogs, some of which had scars on their faces, necks and ears consistent with bite wounds or scarring from previous wounds.He also allegedly possessed heavy restraint chains, a treadmill modified with a dog tether, vitamins and supplements and a training stick with a stuffed animal attached.Investigators with the district attorney’s office and Town of Hempstead Animal Control office responded to the suspect’s house on Pinebrook Avenue, where they also found chickens and a rabbit in the shed.Two of the dogs, Roja and Nana, had fresh bite marks on their front sides and the other six dogs—Little Red, Brownie, Sassy, Scorpio, Honey and Thor—were found in poor living conditions, authorities said.Hernandez could face up to a year in jail and $15,000 per dog in fines, if convicted. His bail was set at $2,500. He is due back in court Wednesday.last_img read more

Teen arrested after 3-year-old cousin found in trash

first_imgAn 18-year-old has been taken into police custody after he allegedly beat his three-year-old cousin to and stuffed her into a garbage can.The incident occurred Thursday around 5:15 pm along Northwest 27th Circle.According to the report, the three- year-old child was spending the day with her grandmother and her cousin Tristin Tavares Bernard.At some point, the grandmother realized that both the child and the teen were missing.A neighbor eventually found the child stuffed inside of a trashcan and called rescue crews.The child was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where her condition is currently unknown, however, family members did report that she has severe head injuries.Bernard was arrested later that day after a came forward and told authorities that they saw the teen beating the child with a brick.He now faces child abuse, aggravated battery and attempted murder charges.last_img read more