“We are aware of the name change and will continue to monitor the situation,” Joe Morrissey, Ag and Markets spokesperson, said in an email.
On Aug. 14, Agriculture and Markets Hearing Officer Susan Weber recommended the agency revoke Mrs. Staley’s license to operate a pet store that sells dogs and cats, Morrissey said, and that happened on Aug. 27.
Weber made her recommendation based on Ag and Markets Law regarding the proper care of animals by pet dealers and Mrs. Staley’s criminal charges.
Animal cruelty is a misdemeanor and carries, per county, a penalty of not more than one year in prison or not more than $1,000 in fines or both.
Since it is a criminal charge, it is under the jurisdiction of local law enforcement agencies, not Ag and Markets.
When asked if she would attempt to obtain another pet dealer license from Ag and Markets, Staley said, “I’m not going to do (sell) dogs.”
She also said she will not be selling cats.
‘NOT REQUIRED TO CLOSE’
A State Agriculture and Markets pet dealer license clears the owner to sell only dogs and cats, Morrissey said.
To have exotic mammals and other pets available for purchase, a shop owner is required to be licensed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, he said.
The USDA is charged with enforcing any violations of those licenses, and Plattsburgh City Police Department does not partner with that agency the way it does with Ag and Markets, City Police Lt. Scott Beebie said.
“All we can do is to give them (Staleys) a heads up (on federal laws),” he said. “We don’t have any involvement with the feds.”
On Friday, the shop had rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, rats, mice and chinchillas for sale, along with a few snakes, a lizard and aquarium fish.