Target: Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota
Goal: Praise Suffolk County officials for finally shutting down pet rescue that sold sick dogs and falsified veterinary documents
Precious Pups, a pet rescue from Long Island, was accused of selling sick dogs to families and was ultimately shut down by courts. According to CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff, Precious Pups has been ordered to close its business after many complaints that neglected dogs were being rescued and immediately resold to potential owners. The rescue allegedly took dogs from kill shelters across the nation and adopted them to new families for prices ranging from $300 to $600, which is more than the average rescue fee. Lisa Ludwig, an animal advocate, stated, “This is just a money making operation. This is not how a rescue works.”
Many owners complained that Precious Pups adopted out sick dogs that were presented as healthy. A woman who adopted a poodle from the shelter claimed that the dog died 36 hours later due to starvation. Eight other dogs that had been adopted were reported to have 20 percent less body weight. In a statement to CBS 2, New York State Attorney General Eric Scheiderman said, “The representations they made about the health of the dogs, that they received veterinary treatment were all false. We subpoenaed them, they refused to comply with the subpoena.”
Laura Zambito, the owner of Precious Pups, had previously invited CBS 2 into the rescue but refused to allow cameras to see most of the seventy-five dogs that were in the back room.
Please sign this petition to praise District Attorney Thomas J. Spota and Suffolk County officials for launching an investigation into this fraudulent pet rescue and for shutting down its doors.
Dear Thomas J. Spota,
Thank you for heeding the complaints of grieving dog owners and investigating Precious Pups. This operation is clearly suspicious and has no right to deceive potential owners. Veterinary documents have been falsified in order to trick people into adopting dogs that they believe to be perfectly healthy. As a pet rescue, the animals should have at least been rehabilitated and stabilized before being released to a family.
Right now, the 75 dogs that allegedly remain at the pet rescue need to be removed and transported to another shelter where they can receive qualified veterinary care. All their illnesses need to be well documented and taken care of. They do deserve another chance at life, but adopting them out in such horrible condition is not helping them.
Again, I thank you for your efforts to put a stop to this illegitimate pet rescue.
[Your Name Here]
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