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July 11, 2013

Pet-shop owner charged with animal cruelty



After her arrest, Staley was released from custody pending a July 25 appearance in Plattsburgh City Court.


Staley declined to comment on the charges being brought against her or on the conditions in her store.

On June 1, she wrote on her Facebook page that she was seeking new puppies for her shop.

“If they haven’t had any shots or vet visits that’s ok too cause we have the vet check out all our new puppies before we let them go,” Staley wrote.

“We don’t kennel any of our puppies here. They stay in a large penned in area till they go to their new homes. We also treat them for fleas and worms. So they will be very well taken care of here.”

The purebred and mixed-breed dogs sold in Staley’s store ranged in price from $200 to $895, according to the Facebook page.

Northern puppies was also selling baby ferrets, chinchillas, hedgehogs and sugar gliders, Staley wrote on the page.


Beebie said City Police have dealt with several animal-cruelty cases in the past, although none recently, to his knowledge, involving poor conditions at a business.

“Unfortunately, we’ve been down this path before.”

Local photographer Damian Battinelli of Plattsburgh said he saw rabbits at Northern Puppies that were dyed different colors in April 2012, close to the Easter holiday.

He gave a statement to City Police and emailed the information to Ag and Markets.

Tina Rock of Peru bought her Yorkshire terrier, Milo, from Northern Puppies. It was soon after the shop opened that Rock went in and saw a large mastiff chasing the tiny puppy, which weighed just one pound, she said.

Rock left the shop that day with the terrier, paying $700 for him.

She said went into the shop a few more times. Each time, the puppies were wet, Rock said.

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