October 20, 2013

Name changed at Northern Puppies

PLATTSBURGH — The Northern Puppies sign came down late this week and was replaced with a new one in the window that reads “Critter Hut Pet Shop.”

It also advertises a sale — up to 75 percent off on everything in the store, which is located in Plattsburgh Plaza on Cornelia Street.

But signs no longer call it a “going out of business sale,” as was promoted a few weeks ago when the Northern Puppies sign remained in place.

The shop became notorious over the summer, when owner Tammy Staley was charged with 20 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty after an unannounced July inspection by State Department of Agriculture and Markets inspectors and Plattsburgh City Police.

Police said they discovered a dead kitten and several others in poor health, as well as animals covered in feces and urine and confined to cages too small for them.


Then, in August, Staley’s husband, Michael, dumped 24 puppies from the shop, many of whom were sick, in various locations in the woods around Clinton County.

He told the Press-Republican he did so because he couldn’t afford the veterinarian care for them.

Public outcry followed, with dozens of area residents searching for and finding 19 of the puppies and protests held near the store; the dogs were eventually adopted.

Mr. Staley pleaded not guilty to 24 counts of animal abandonment later that week and is due in Plattsburgh City Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday.


The date of Mrs. Staley’s next court appearance was not available at the end of last week.

“I haven’t been convicted of it (the charges),” Mrs. Staley told the Press-Republican on Friday, expressing her frustration with media reports that she says paint her as a “horrible person.”

“Nobody has the right damn story.”

Staley declined to say whether she changed the name of her store.

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