A shuttered Manhattan pet store is liable for allegedly peddling sick puppies, a judge ruled Thursday.
The Department of Consumer Affairs asked a judge in May to impose the fines on The Chelsea Kennel Club and its owner at the time, Yardena Derraugh, accusing them of regularly selling sick pooches and doctoring the canines’ veterinary files.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Melissa Crane last week granted a default judgment against Derraugh and the business finding them liable for the claims, after they failed to answer or appear in the lawsuit.
Crane said in her decision that DCA sufficiently proved “that defendants violated The New York Consumer Protection Law through persistent deceptive conduct when it sold unhealthy puppy mill bred dogs to consumers.”
The judge set a hearing date for April to determine damages in the case.
The Humane Society first exposed the pet store — that was located on Seventh Avenue near 22nd Street — in 2017 after conducting a two-months-long undercover investigation that revealed the terrible conditions.
In July, Attorney General Letitia James also filed suit against Derraugh and the business.
Derraugh did not immediately return requests for comment.
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