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BYB prosecuted

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by E Diggy, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. E Diggy

    E Diggy Big Dog

    [h=1]Oswego County puppy seller barred from animal sales in New York, AG says[/h]
    Thinking about a new pet for Christmas? Work with a reputable, licensed dealer or shelter. Demand vet records and don't take a puppy younger than 8 weeks old. (Submitted photo)

    [​IMG] By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com The Post-Standard
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    on December 12, 2013 at 10:05 PM, updated December 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Cleveland woman has been barred from selling pets in New York after she sold puppies that weren't examined by a veterinarian and were under 8 weeks old, both violations of New York law, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
    Carissa Seaman got the animals off of Craigslist and a trading site from a local radio station, according to the attorney general's office. She then sold them for a profit, all while providing the dogs with poor care and without obtaining a license to be a pet dealer.
    This July, she offered to sell a 5-week-old St. Bernard puppy that had fleas and flea feces on its skin to two undercover investigators from Schneiderman's office. Another 7-month-old fawn pug for sale had two patches of fur missing from his back revealing raw and irritated skin. All told, she "flipped" more than two dozen dogs, according to Schneiderman.
    The attorney general is expected to talk about the case -- and a similar one in Buffalo -- Friday at the Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Local animal rescue groups, including 'Cuse Pit Crew and Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse, will also be there.
    The investigations are part of Schneiderman's Animal Protection Initiative, which launched in May of 2013.
    Here are some recommendations from the attorney general about getting a new pet:

    • Consider adopting from a shelter, like the SPCA.
    • Avoid sites like Craigslist, which are unregulated and enable unlicensed individuals to sell and flip pets.
    • Get the address of the seller and inspect where the seller houses the puppies. Do not buy a puppy from a seller who refused to allow you to do this.
    • Prior to buying a puppy, ask the seller where he or she obtained it. If the seller is not the breeder, ask for the breeder's name. If the seller does not have the breeder's name, think twice about buying the puppy.
    • Find out the age of the puppy. A puppy should not be sold until it is eight weeks old, so that it can be weaned from its mother.
    • Ask for proof of all veterinary care the puppy has received, including records of inoculations and worming treatments administered, as well as the dates and types of vaccines.
    • Inspect the puppy for indications of poor health (low weight, patches of missing hair, runny eyes or snout, the ears and bottom are not clean).
    • If the seller says that the dog is registered with a kennel club, obtain the registration certificate and pedigree when you pick up your puppy.
    • Obtain a signed statement assuring that the dog has no known illness or disease or congenital or hereditary condition, or a record of any known illness or congenital condition and a letter from a licensed vet verifying that the disease does not require hospitalization or non-elective surgery.
    • Dealers should notify that you need to license your dog in your municipality and provide information about spaying and neutering your new dog.
    New Yorkers seeking to report consumer complaints, animal abuse or give anonymous tips about potential animal fighting rings are asked to call 1-866-697-3444.
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    According to the article, the woman prosecuted was not a BYB.
  3. MyPrincess

    MyPrincess Puppy

    Very true.

    BBPITS Good Dog

    She wasn't breeding them,she was flipping them (buying&selling), not that it makes it any better than a byb.
  5. E Diggy

    E Diggy Big Dog

    I stand corrected. This person wasn't breeding, but I'd still lump this person in with BYBs, even though they were not the one doing the actual breeding. It's good to see that in some fashion, something was done.
  6. Naeem57

    Naeem57 Puppy

    You know precisely what your talking about exactly where other people are coming from on this issue.

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