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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.

— PETA has been to the store, as well as law enforcement.

Mrs. Staley said a love of animals inspired her to open a pet store two years ago. She did so with a desire to be better than the average pet store.

She explained that when the picture was taken, her employee had just arrived and had not yet had time to clean up the mess the puppies made overnight.

Regardless, she has since hired Thomas Krause and Evan Liberty to work through the night, cleaning up after the animals and watching the store, which she fears could be damaged according to some of the threats she said she has received.

“They are attacking our family, calling my kids ugly and me names.”

She wishes people would just come in and check the store out for themselves.

Michele Laurin purchased a puppy from Northern Puppies more than a month ago. The animal has been healthy and she has been pleased with her purchase.

“We looked for months and frequented the store a lot and it was always clean and Tammy was wonderful,” Laurin said.

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