“People thought that they could go in and buy the animals and save them, but they were really hurting them, because she (Staley) just went out and got more,” said Rock.
Then, this past July, when Kleber saw that Staley had been arrested for 20 counts of animal cruelty, she got chills.
“It angers me. She should have been closed down last year,” Kleber said. “If they would have listened last year ... I knew this would happen.”
Staley’s Plattsburgh Plaza pet store was visited by the Plattsburgh City Police and Inspectors from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets July 2. The inspection report noted numerous housing and sanitary violations involving numerous cats and two dogs.
“It’s almost too unthinkable. She doesn’t deserve to be having pets,”said Kleber.
Rock agrees. “It didn’t surprise me at all. I just think they should be closed. They’re just not fit to take care of animals.”
Another protest is scheduled for Aug. 24 at the entrance to the Plattsburgh Plaza.
For a link to the Department of Agriculture and Markets Pet Dealer Inspection Report related to the July 2 inspection of Northern Puppies, click here.