MILLSTONE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey pet dealer is accused of selling sick puppies to unknowing customers and now the state wants to make sure he never sells again.
When asked about the accusations by CBS 2’s Christine Sloan, Levine responded by saying they were “not true.”
“It’s something that will come out in court,” Levine said.
Despite Levine’s defense, the state filed an injunction against him last week, prohibiting him from selling any dogs.
“It is emotionally devastating for some of these consumers. One day they’re taking home a puppy and just days later, they’re having to put these puppies down,” said Thomas Calcagni, director of the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs.
Levine said he takes care of the dogs, bathes them and keeps a fan and heater inside the shed. Even though CBS 2 found feces inside, he said he cleans the shed on the hour.
“Animal Control has been here. Everybody has checked every one of my dogs and not once ever have they found either the place to be dirty or one sick animal here,” Levine said.
The Division of Consumer Affairs said the puppies that died and were sold for more than $500 each and had intestinal infections. Levine defended all of his sales.
Levine is also being accused portraying his business as a charity after the state started investigating him. He has denied all the allegations and said he is trying to find homes for the dogs.
The Division of Consumer Affairs said pets sold in New Jersey have to examined by a vet and must have vaccination records. Customers also have the right to ask for their money back within 14 days.
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