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Probation and fine only for Northern Puppies couple

Michael Staley, left, leaving Plattsburgh City Court with his attorney, Allan Cruikshank Jan. 23 after avoiding jail time in his puppy abandonment case. Staley was sentenced to time served for the two days he spent in jail after his arrest, and two concurrent three year terms of probation along with a fine and several conditions.

Michael Staley, left, leaving Plattsburgh City Court with his attorney, Allan Cruikshank Jan. 23 after avoiding jail time in his puppy abandonment case. Staley was sentenced to time served for the two days he spent in jail after his arrest, and two concurrent three year terms of probation along with a fine and several conditions. Photo by Shawn Ryan.

— On Nov. 21, Staley had accepted a plea agreement offered by District Attorney Andrew Wylie, which called for Staley to plead guilty to five misdemeanor counts of abandonment, with sentencing to be left to Rogers. The plea was in satisfaction of his arrest on 24 counts of abandonment of an animal which resulted from a late summer incident where Staley staged a burglary at his wife’s pet store — Northern Puppies —and took the 24 puppies in the store, and abandoned them in rural location throughout Clinton County.

After his arrest, Staley ultimately admitted to taking the 24 puppies and abandoning them, according to City Police. Five of those puppies were never located.

As he had just 24 hours earlier, Rogers ignored the pleas of Marx, and sentenced Tammy Staley to probation and a fine, avoiding any jail time for the former pet store owner.

Tammy Staley, who stood before Judge Rogers for sentencing Jan. 24 after having pled guilty to five counts of cruelty to an animal for her role in the maltreatment and deaths of numerous animals at her pet store, Northern Puppies, this past summer, was sentenced to two consecutive terms of three years probation, restitution of $1,300, and a fine of $500.

Her husband, Michael Staley, was sentenced to probation and a fine a day earlier for his role in the saga, where he staged a burglary at the pet store, removed 24 puppies, and dumped the puppies in rural locations across western Clinton County. All but five of the puppies were located and turned over the Plattsburgh City Police. The five remaining puppies are feared by local authorities to have perished.

In a tense courtroom, Marx pled emphatically for jail time for Staley. Stating that this, Tammy Staley’s case, was a completely different case than her husband’s, Marx asked the court, as he had asked the previous day, for jail time for Staley.

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