The Dutchess County SPCA seizes a puppy and arrests store owner and an employee following complaints of selling an unhealthy puppy.
HYDE PARK, NY (March 25, 2011) –Yesterday, the Dutchess
County SPCA seized an unhealthy puppy being offered for sale by
Puppies and Kittens, a pet store in Wappingers Falls, and charged
the store owner and an employee after a local veterinarian
examined the dog and found him to be unfit to be sold.
DCSPCA Humane Law Officers were contacted by a customer of
the store who had purchased the puppy. Her veterinarian found the
puppy to be unhealthy and advised her that the dog should not
have been sold. She returned the puppy to the store, which offered
him for sale in the store’s window the next day. DCSPCA Officers
Jami Landry and Daniel Flaherty investigated and charged the
owner, Richard F. Doyle with two counts of Section 357 (Selling
Diseased Animals, Unclassified Misdemeanor) for knowingly
offering an unhealthy puppy for sale twice. The owner was also
charged with one count of Section 353 (Animal Cruelty, Class A
Misdemeanor). An employee was changed with one count of
Section 353 (Animal Cruelty, Class A Misdemeanor).
The defendants are due to appear in the Village of Wappingers
Court on April 7th. The 11-week old Teacup Yorkshire Terrier is
being nursed back to health by the DCSPCA’s Animal Services
team. He is not available for adoption. He is the eighth puppy
officers have seized from local pet stores in the past month.
Last month, the DCSPCA investigated similar complaints about Pet
Fashion Pet Store in the Galleria Mall. Six employees and the
owner now face a total of 66 charges stemming from allegations
that they offered puppies that were too sick to sell.
The investigation is on-going. Anyone who has purchased a puppy
from Puppies and Kittens pet store in Wappingers Falls that has or
had an infectious or contagious illness should contact the
DCSPCA’s Humane Law Department immediately by dialing
845.452.7722 ext. 4
Great work Jami and Daniel! And thank you Cher for bringing this to my attention and for all you do for our friends at the shelter!
Remember, ADOPT! Don't Buy.
My original story can be found here