Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Dutchess County SPCA seizes ten unhealthy puppies being sold at Puppies and Kittens Pet Store in Wappingers: second seizure from the same store
HYDE PARK, NY (April 26, 2011) – Yesterday, the Dutchess County SPCA entered the Puppies and Kittens pet store in Wappingers Falls with a search warrant, seizing ten unhealthy puppies and arresting the store owner, Richard Doyle, on two counts of Cruelty to Animals and two counts of Selling Diseased Animals, all misdemeanors.
Late last week, Humane Law Officers received reports that there were numerous puppies coughing in the store, displaying signs of illness. On Monday, April 25 Humane Law Officers obtained a search warrant for the store, signed by Village Justice Vincent Francese.
DCSPCA Humane Law Officers entered the store Monday evening, assisted by the Village of Wappingers Falls Police and a licensed veterinarian. Almost half the puppies in the store were sick, and were subsequently removed for veterinary treatment by the DCSPCA’s Animal Services team. The puppies are not available for adoption.
This arrest comes almost a month after Humane Law Officers seized an unhealthy 11-week old Yorkshire Terrier from Puppies and Kittens Pet Store and charged Mr. Doyle and another employee with the same offenses. In February, DCSPCA officers executed a search warrant in Pet Fashions Pet Store in the Poughkeepsie Galleria, seizing seven unhealthy puppies and charging the owner and employees with 66 counts of similar charges, some felonies.
Original story here http://avoice4animals.blogspot.com/2011/03/update-dutchess-county-spca-seizes.html