A 26-year-old from Nassau County is being charged under New York State agricultural laws for allegedly selling sick puppies following an exclusive investigation by Eyewitness News.
– New information this afternoon about an “Eyewitness News” exclusive on dogs rescued from a shop on Long Island– a shop accused of selling sick puppies.
– Authorities just held a news conference about the alleged dog abuse and the search for new homes. Long Island reporter Kristin Thorne live in Mineola with the details. Kristin.
KRISTIN THORNE: Good afternoon. In a way, this is a happy ending to a story that we uncovered here exclusively at “Eyewitness News.” Four of these puppies are now medically cleared for adoption. Here they are. Take a look at them. We got to meet them just about an hour ago. These are the puppies that were seized from Puppy 4 You in Baldwin. After our investigation back in March, found that the owner was selling sick puppies to people and leaving them with thousands of dollars in vet bills.
Nassau police commissioner announced today that the owner of Puppy 4 You, Pecardy Delone of Baldwin, is now being charged under New York state agricultural laws for selling and offering to sell a diseased animal. Police seized 11 puppies from the store that day, back in March. One later died. Investigators say Delone did not follow proper vaccination and deworming protocols, did not provide adequate ventilation for these animals. 10 of the dogs, they say, had parasites.
GARY ROGERS: Can you imagine the outcry if this was children, if these were babies that were here? And, basically, that’s what they were.
KRISTIN THORNE: The Nassau SPCA has spent $54,000 trying to nurse these animals back to health. If you would like to offset some of that cost, you can donate to them at puppies.ncspca.us. If you’re interested in adopting any of these puppies– and we are going to get a look at the other ones here. They’re still being treated at a local vet. They’re just not ready to be adopted just yet. We are going to get a look at them later. If you’re interested in adopting any of these puppies, call 516-THE-SPCA.