April 26, 2011

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Pet shop owner charged with cruelty, diseased animals seized

SPCA Humane Law Officer
Daniel Flaherty takes Doyle
into custody

WAPPINGERS FALLS – Armed with a search warrant, Dutchess County SPCA humane law officers Monday arrested the owner and an employee of Puppies and Kittens pet store in Wappingers Falls and seized 10 unhealthy puppies.

This arrest comes almost a month after SPCA officers seized an 11-week-old Yorkshire Terrier from the same store.

In February, officers executed a search warrant in Pet Fashions pet store in the Poughkeepsie Galleria and seized seven unhealthy puppies, charging the owner and employees of that store with 66 counts of similar charges, some felonies.

In this latest seizure, authorities entered the store on Monday evening assisted by Wappingers Falls Police and a licensed veterinarian. Almost half of the puppies in the store were sick, and were removed for veterinary treatment by the DCSPCA’s animal services team. The puppies are not available for adoption.


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