A closed Manhattan pet store that was found responsible for trafficking sick puppies has been ordered to pay nearly $ 4 million in fines, a judge said.
The Chelsea Kennel Club and its then owner Yardena Derraugh are to pay more than $ 3.9 million in fines and create a fund to compensate customers who have been cheated by the company, a judge said. last week.
Derraugh and CKC were also permanently banned by the judge from reopening a pet store in the city.
The city’s consumer department filed a complaint in May 2019 accusing the store of regularly selling sick dogs and falsifying dogs’ veterinary records to cover up their misdeeds.
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Melissa Crane in January issued a default judgment against Derraugh and the company, holding them responsible for the claims, after failing to respond or appear at a hearing on the lawsuit.
Crane handed out hefty fines after CKC and Derraugh because, again, they “did not respond or appear in this action,” his ruling said.
“We are very satisfied with the court’s decision,” said DCA commissioner Lorelei Salas. “While we cannot take away the tragic woes that consumers have experienced from the Chelsea Kennel Club, we are pleased that a restitution fund is being put in place.”
The Humane Society first exposed the pet store – which was located on Seventh Avenue near 22nd Street – in 2017 after conducting a two-month covert investigation that uncovered the dire conditions.
Last year, state attorney general Letitia James also filed a lawsuit against Derraugh and the company.
Derraugh could not immediately be reached for comment.