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Plattsburgh pet shop owner arrested for 20 counts of animal cruelty

Front, from left to right are Laurissa Hebert, Maddie Bushey and Tammy Staley, standing in front of Mike Staley, Thomas Krause and Evan Liberty. The group stands inside the puppy pen at Northern Puppies. This photo was taken in the spring of 2012.

Front, from left to right are Laurissa Hebert, Maddie Bushey and Tammy Staley, standing in front of Mike Staley, Thomas Krause and Evan Liberty. The group stands inside the puppy pen at Northern Puppies. This photo was taken in the spring of 2012. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— “My family and friends were helping as much as they could but they don’t look for the things me and my employees do,” Staley said. “If I had been here and my girls weren’t this wouldn’t have happened or if they were here and I wasn’t it wouldn’t have happened.”

Staley said she plans to hire an attorney to fight the charges and plans to continue to sell animals and pet equipment at Northern Puppies, but said she will no longer sell cats or kittens.

In the spring of 2012, local residents picketed the store, after photos were put online alleging Northern Puppies was neglecting animals.

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animallover 9 months, 1 week ago

Yeah this picture was taken AFTER a facebook page was created where 100's of people were complaining about how dirty this store was and how the dogs where left in crap for hours. They even posted a picture of this same dog area covered in puppy crap and urine. A year ago people where standing on the side of the road picketing trying to get her closed down. No one would listen then. Glad to see they FINALLY did something. She has no business even owning a pet of her own.

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