Acting A.G. Underwood Announces Lawsuit To Shut Down Pet Store Chain, Alleging Improper Care Of Puppies And Widespread Fraud And Deception


Lawsuit Alleges The Pet Zone Illegally Sold Puppies Without Necessary Veterinarian Exams, Improperly Medicated Puppies, and Destroyed and Falsified Records To Avoid Detection

Judge Bars Company From Obtaining Any New Dogs For Sale While Lawsuit Is Pending

Lawsuit Seeks to Permanently Bar Company From Selling Live Animals, as well as Penalties and Consumer Restitution

WATERTOWN – Acting Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced a lawsuit against Bell Pet Company, LLC and its owners, Theodore and Sheila Bell, who operate a chain of pet stores with locations in Watertown, Albany, Poughkeepsie, and Queensbury, known as The Pet Zone. The lawsuit alleges that The Pet Zone has sold many puppies to consumers without first having the dogs examined by a veterinarian as required by law, engaged in persistent fraud by failing to notify consumers when the puppy they purchase received necessary pre-sale medical treatment, and violated the Pet Lemon Law by failing to provide timely reimbursement for veterinarian expenses consumers incurred after purchasing a sick dog from the stores.

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