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New York Attorney General Letitia James sues Shake a Paw pet store on Long Island for allegedly selling sick, injured puppies

HICKSVILLE, Long Island (WABC) – New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against a pet store Thursday for allegedly selling multiple sick or injured puppies to unknown consumers at two locations. location on Long Island.

James said an investigation found that Shake A Paw, located in Hicksville and in Lynbrook and serving the broader tri-state area, falsely advertised sick pets as healthy, the certificate said. claim fake health, fail to disclose the animal’s legitimate medical condition, misrepresent the breed of puppy, and refuse to reimburse consumers for vet bills when they make a complaint.

James has also filed a motion for a temporary injunction against Shake A Paw in an effort to protect the pups at risk as well as freeze funds in a Shake A Paw-managed bank account to repay. pay.

“Shake A Paw’s practice of deceiving consumers into buying sick or injured dogs is unconscionable and illegal,” James said. “My office’s thorough investigation uncovered a series of Shake A Paw violations that defrauded consumers and discovered sick puppies coming from dangerous puppy mills. When New Yorkers bought puppies from Shake A Paw, they didn’t expect to bring their dogs home in such heartbreaking and appalling conditions. Today, we hold Shake A Paw accountable for its actions. their illegal and inhumane practices by filing a lawsuit to permanently ban the company from selling the puppies, as well as reclaim the money consumers paid.The abuse of animals is despicable and will not be tolerated. accept.”

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After receiving numerous consumer complaints, the Attorney General’s Office opened an investigation into both Shake A Paw locations on Long Island.

Shake A Paw advertised their puppies as healthy and of the best quality, but after reviewing hundreds of veterinary records and consumer complaints, the investigation found Shake A Paw sold the dogs. serious illness – including some puppies that died within days or weeks of purchase. .

Some of the puppies are suffering from serious illnesses and birth defects, and they showed obvious signs of illness at the time of sale despite having received health certificates from Shake’s contracted veterinarians. A Paw signed.

The investigation analyzed 408 veterinary records of puppies sold at Shake A Paw locations and discovered:
– 52% of puppies have cough, sneeze, upper respiratory infection and/or respiratory problems
–Very 54% infected with parasites
–Almost 10% are diagnosed with pneumonia

In addition, the office received 113 Shake A Paw records, of which 67 were released between 0 and 19 days prior to sale.

Diseases and birth defects in these animals were found to be consistent with puppies purchased from puppy mills and investigations revealed thousands of puppies from puppy mills. Popular puppy exports have been shipped to both Shake A Paw locations on Long Island.

Through financial records, the investigation revealed that payments were made to known puppy mills, and information provided by the ASPCA linked Shake A Paw directly to the acquisition of puppies from puppy mills and not reputable breeders as advertised.

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After purchasing puppies, many consumers were left with huge vet bills soon after. But James said Shake A Paw often left consumers running around when they called to ask for a refund, hung up and/or were told they couldn’t get a refund.

Shake A Paw representatives are also accused of directing consumers to the company’s own veterinarians, who often fail to diagnose illnesses, telling consumers they won’t get a refund if they come in see his vet – violating the Pet Lemon Law.

Additionally, Shake A Paw refuses to refund consumers who have purchased sick or deceased animals, another violation of the Lemon Pet Law.

James is seeking to compensate victims for what she calls Shake A Paw’s deceptive and unfair practices; civil penalties for such acts; a permanent injunction preventing Shake A Paw from selling, importing, exporting, bartering, bartering or giving away any future animals; and put an end to the company’s continued violations of consumer protection laws.

An attorney for Shake a Paw issued the following statement:

“In light of legitimate concerns about the inhumane treatment of some pet stores and the deliberate sale of ailing puppies to unsuspecting customers, the Attorney General appears to be campaigning to close Shake A Paw is the Attorney General’s goal today because it owns and operates two of Long Island’s largest and most successful pet stores. Paw has never knowingly sold a sick puppy, or knowingly misrepresented the pedigree or breeder from which the puppy was acquired. Shake A Paw’s licensing controller, has consistently found, after numerous unannounced audits, that its two stores are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. In accordance with the owner’s wishes, on the rare occasion when a puppy for sale became ill, Shake A Paw refunded the veterinary bills at the sale price, a full refund, or a refund. guava puppy for one after another. Shake A Paw doesn’t buy puppies from a “puppy factory” and Shake A Paw takes great pride and expense in caring for its puppies. The Attorney General’s investigation into Shake A Paw has been going on for five years. Shake A Paw transferred all requested documents related to hundreds of transactions. Time and again, Shake A Paw’s attorneys have asked the Attorney General to provide specific information about the pet owner’s claims so Shake A Paw can pull the appropriate records and demonstrate full regulatory compliance. But the Attorney General has refused to share this information and engage in a constructive dialogue, preferring to sue first and learn the truth later. This reckless behavior threatens to damage the goodwill and reputation of a decent and decent small business that, over the past 28 years, has brought joy to 80,000 loyal and highly satisfied pet owners in Long Beach. Island and their families. “

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