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Northern Puppies under fire

Store owner says claims are untrue

Front, from left to right, Bradley Cech, Terry Cech and Damian Battinelli protest along Route 3 in Plattsburgh in the spring of 2012.

Front, from left to right, Bradley Cech, Terry Cech and Damian Battinelli protest along Route 3 in Plattsburgh in the spring of 2012. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— “I am not looking to shut Northern Puppies down,” Pion said. “My intention of helping any way I can is to make the store strictly selling pet supplies and not be able to sell any pets at all.”

As Rock’s photo continued to be shared on Facebook, those outraged started a page called “Wake up Northern Puppies.” It is described as a place for community members, animal activists, and “decent humans” who care for the health and safety of animals.

The page states it is united in saving lives at Northern Puppies. It encourages people to contact local authorities and file complaints with the state Department of Agriculture and Market.

“We can only hope that through investigations and word of mouth, they will close the doors at Northern Puppies.”

This past weekend, a group of people stood near the edge of Route 3, protesting against Northern Puppies.

“These people are uneducated when it comes to taking care of animals,” said Damian Battinelli. “Thirteen hours in their own feces in urine. You wouldn’t do that to a human. Why would you do that to animals?”

Terry Cech, who protested beside Battinelli, said he was there to “speak for our four-legged friends who can’t.”

Denton Publications made two surprise visits to the store. On both occasions the puppy pen was clean and the animals playful.

Staley’s husband, Mike, said that is because none of the accusations are true.

“Everybody here takes good care of the animals.”

He has spent a lot of time at Northern Puppies lately because he said people have threatened to break into the business.

He further said some of the individuals upset with the business have made personal attacks against his family.

“Don’t attack my wife and my kids and family,” he said. “I would like to see it go away, but it’s not gonna go away.”

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