Stony Point Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Sick Animals

A Stony Point man admitted before a justice court to selling sick puppies from his location Retrievers 4 U on West Main Street. New York State licensed dog breeder John Principe, was arrested by the Hudson Valley Humane Society’s humane law enforcement four times from September 2012 to August 2013, for reportedly selling sick puppies. Principe pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges of exposing, offering to sell, or selling a diseased animal for selling puppies that he knew had contagious diseases dangerous to other animals, or people. One of the puppies, a black lab, was adopted and was soon after diagnosed with the parvo virus and giardia, which he died from at seven weeks old. According to the Chief of the Humane Law Enforcement Department, Marc Kissel, the parvo virus is most often fatal to dogs, and the agreement made between the court and Principe is that the breeder will have to pay a total of $10,618 to the buyers to cover medical costs and treatments, and a trial will be held on September 9, though Principe can withdraw his plea and attempt a lesser violation.

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