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Acting AG: Lawsuit filed against owners of PetZone

FILE

WATERTOWN – Acting Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced a lawsuit against the owners of PetZone, a chain of pet stores

The lawsuit alleges that The Pet Zone has sold puppies to consumers without first having the dogs examined by a veterinarian as required by law and violating the Pet Lemon Law.

The lawsuit accuses Bell Pet Company, LLC and its owners of selling dozens of puppies without first having them examined by a veterinarian. There are also claims that the puppies were given controlled medication without the consent of a veterinarian.

Pet Zone is also accused of destroying documentation that showed when a puppy was sold without an examination or when a puppy had received non prescribed medication, according to the Attorney General's office.

Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s office, Supreme Court Justice James P. McClusky issued a temporary restraining order today prohibiting The Pet Zone from obtaining any new dogs for sale and placing additional oversight on the sale of puppies currently in their stores while the lawsuit is pending. Additionally, Acting Attorney General Underwood seeks to permanently bar The Pet Zone and its owners from ever operating a business that sells live animals in New York, as well as to obtain restitution for aggrieved consumers and significant penalties, according to a release.

“Pet dealers have a legal and moral responsibility to provide proper treatment to the animals in their care, and consumers deserve to have confidence that the pets they purchase are certifiably healthy,” said Acting Attorney General Underwood. “Our office is committed to upholding these legal protections for animals and consumers alike, and we won’t hesitate to hold companies to account if try to deceive New Yorkers.”

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