Customers have been cheated of thousands of dollars.
Attorney General Ashley moody filed a lawsuit Monday against an Orlando pet store that allegedly sold sick puppies falsely presented as healthy and fit for sale.
âSelling sick and dying puppies is both immoral and illegal,â Moody said. âPlanning for the arrival of a new puppy takes a lot of time and money, and there is definitely an emotional investment. Families deserve the assurance that they will indeed receive the high quality puppy that they are promised.
Moody dropped off the complaint against Hoof’s Pets Inc., which operates Petland Orlando East and Petland Waterford Lakes, and the owners and operators of the company Geoffrey M. Hoofnagle and Ben W. Hoofnagle.
The investigation into the company began after the attorney general’s office received complaints from consumers about the company selling sick puppies, according to the complaint.
The investigation found that the defendants would buy the puppies from a breeder for around $ 225 and then sell them for between $ 1,500 and over $ 9,000.
Consumer complaints received by the Attorney General alleged that out of 19 puppies, six had died of disease or disorder, six had been found unfit for purchase by licensed veterinarians, five had congenital or hereditary disorders, and three were not suitable for purchase. not the breed represented.
The attorney general’s complaint is aimed at ending further violations on the part of the owners and asking them to provide restitution and reimbursement to consumers.