Pet Store Animal Cruelty


THE REPORT ISSUED SEVERAL RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDING ENSURING IN-PERSON CELL CHECKS OF DETAINEES. A WARNING FOR FAMILIES IN NEW JERSEY AFTER A PET STORE WAS SHUT DOWN. THE OWNER ACCUSED OF KNOWINGLY SELLING SICK ANIMALS AND THAT’S NOT ALL. CBS 2’S JESSICA SCHNEIDER HAS MORE NOW FROM MIDDLESEX COUNTY. Reporter: ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, INA SHEPHERD THOUGHT SHE WAS BRINGING NINE-MONTH OWNED MINI SCHNAUZER DREIDEL HOME TO START MAKING YEAR’S WORTH OF MEMORIES WITH HER TWO KIDS. BUT LESS THAN 24 HOURS LATER, HE WAS SICK RUNNING A 105- DEGREE FEVER. 30 DAYS LATER, DREIDEL DIED OF DISTEMPER, A VIRAL ILLNESS WITH NO KNOWN CURE. MY KIDS EVERY DAY TALK ABOUT OUR DOG, THAT WE HAVE ONLY HAD FOR SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME BUT EVERYONE GOT ATTACHED. Reporter: SHEPHERD PURCHASED THE DOG AT THIS SHUTDOWN PET STORE JUST PUPS IN EAST BRUNSWICK NEW JERSEY. THE OWNER IS NOW SACKED WITH 267 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY AFTER OFFICIALS SAY HE REPEATEDLY SOLD SICK DOGS TO UNSUSPECTING FAMILIES. HE DENIES HE DID ANYTHING WRONG. EVERY PET STORE HAS SICK DOGS. WE DON’T MAKE ‘EM SICK. THEY GET SICK. SICKNESS COMES — Reporter: THERE SEEM TO HAVE BEEN A LOT OF SICK DOGS ACCORDING TO ALL THESE COMPLAINTS. JUST LIKE THERE COULD BE A LOT OF SICK CHILDREN AT SCHOOL. Reporter: OFFICIALS FOUND THREE DEAD DOGS IN THE FREEZER OF HIS EAST BRUNSWICK STORE AND A 10-YEAR-OLD GERMAN SHEPHERD DIED DAYS AFTER AUTHORITIES FOUND HER IN AN ISOLATION ROOM AT THE PET STORE. VETS COULDN’T SAVE HER. NOT TO BUY FROM STORES. LIVE AND LEARN. I HAVE HEARD BAD THINGS AND I DIDN’T KNOW HOW BAD IT COULD BE. WE HAD A REALLY BAD EXPERIENCE. Reporter: HE RUNS FOUR OTHER STORES HERE IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK CALLED

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