PLATTSBURGH — Marking the end of the Northern Puppies cases, Tammy Staley was sentenced Friday morning in Plattsburgh City Court to three years of probation and the payment of restitution and fines.
City Court Judge Mark Rogers also ordered Staley to pay $2,500 in fines — $500 for each of the five counts of animal cruelty she pleaded guilty to — and $1,310 in restitution.
“I’m glad it’s over with,” Staley told the Press-Republican Friday in a phone interview. “It’s been rough. Obviously, we only have one income coming in right now.”
Staley said she was in the hospital when the police and Ag and Markets investigators showed up for the unannounced inspection in July 2013 that brought the charges.
It was early in the morning, she said, and the employee in charge hadn’t yet had the chance to clean the store.
Staley said she later fired that worker.
During that July 2013 visit, Plattsburgh City Police and New York State Agriculture and Market Inspectors found one dead kitten and several other cats in poor health in a back room of the Plattsburgh Plaza store, police said previously.
After the animals were seized from the shop, other kittens died, succumbing to medical issues they incurred as a result of Staley’s criminal conduct, City Police said.
“What the press doesn’t say is the cats were vet-checked twice,” Staley said. “It’s not like we had them back there dying.”
Also during the inspection, authorities reported, they found other animals enclosed in cages too small for them, covered in their own feces and urine.
The shop owner said she did have to accept legal responsibility for what was found during the inspection since she was the business owner.
“Because it’s my business, I had to take a plea,” she said.