Thursday, 02 December 2010 02:00

La Mesa Pet Store Closing Shop

Dec 1, 2010 - LA MESA — Pet Works, which sells puppies and animal supplies in Grossmont Center, plans to shut its doors before the end of the year. San Diego Stop Puppy Mills, led by Sydney Cicourel, has been backed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Companion Animal Protection Society, which has been investigating puppy mills and pet stores since 1989.

Read the article at: La Mesa Pet Store Closing Shop

CAPS did an extensive investigation of Jeff Blustein, a USDA licensed broker whose company, Rare Breeds, was importing Hungarian puppies with fraudulent pedigrees. He sold these puppies to pet shops in New York and New Jersey. CAPS received a number of complaints from consumers who purchased European Kennel Club (EKCH) puppies. CAPS President Deborah Howard appeared on TV news in Hungary and worked closely with reputable Hungarian breeders who verified that the pedigrees produced by the bogus kennel club were fraudulent.

We presented our documentary evidence to the New York Attorney General's Office in 2005. CAPS had two lengthy meetings in the Manhattan and Nassau County Attorney General offices to discuss the case. The Attorney General reached a settlement in March 2007. Rare Breeds agreed to discontinue importing dogs from Hungary with pedigree documents from EKCH or any other kennel clubs with which Bela Musto (the exporter and creator of the pedigrees) is affiliated. Rare Breeds also agreed to pay a civil penalty of $20,000. CAPS will continue to monitor Hungarian puppies in pet shops.

For more information: Attorney General Announces Settlement with Queens Pet Broker that Sold Puppies with Inaccurate Records

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