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Crackdown on "puppy flippers"

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Crackdown on "puppy flippers"
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Standing at an animal shelter in the Syracuse area, the State's Attorney General vowed a continued crackdown on animal cruelty, in this case, so called "puppy flipping." When unauthorized dealers buy and sell puppies, ignoring most state laws. YNN's Bill Carey filed the following report.

MATTYDALE, N.Y. -- "In order to be profitable, these flippers, these abusers of the animals, really, they had a business model that relied on spending very, very little money on care or food and on re-selling the animals quickly, which led to a lot of abuse," said Eric Schneiderman, New York State Attorney General.

Two women, including Carissa Seaman from Cleveland in Oswego County, have been charged and have agreed to never try to sell animals in New York State again.

"There's something particularly egregious about people who will try to defraud people with the sale of an animal. It's not like getting a defective washing machine or vacuum cleaner," said Schneiderman.

For those in search of pets from legitimate sources, the Attorney General joined local activists to point the way to local shelters.

"Adopting animals from shelters. All these places have great animals up for adoption. Great ways to support these organizations and to do the right thing to stop this back door breeding going on," said Paul Morgan, CNY SPCA Executive Director.

"Pets are a multi-billion dollar industry. More than half of New York households include at least one pet and the average pet owner spends hundreds of dollars a year to care for them," Schneiderman added.

The effort to battle abuse, he says, will go on.

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