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Michael Staley pleads guilty in puppy abandonment case

— Both Staleys’ court cases ground through city court throughout the fall, until they were offered plea agreements by the Clinton County District Attorney’s office recently. Tammy Staley accepted a plea agreement Nov. 7, pleading guilty to five counts of cruelty to an animal, which is a misdemeanor. Michael Staley accepted the plea agreement today, and pled guilty to five misdemeanors as well.

Sentencing for both Staleys has been postponed pending a pre-sentencing investigation by the Clinton County Probation Department. Tammy Staley is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 17, and Michael Staley is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 24, both by Judge Mark Rogers.

A ‘Going Out Of Business Sale’ sign was briefly displayed on the Northern Puppies store in the Plattsburgh Plaza, but that sign has since been removed. A new sign naming the store “Critter Hut Pet Shop” has taken its place.

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