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Pennsylvania breeders face New Jersey trial

Jury selection begins this week in New Jersey in a  lawsuit against CCPets, a Pennsylvania kennel with a long history of trouble.

Lewis and Stephanie Ostrander, of Cape May County, N.J.,  sued C.C. Pets alleging that the Labradoodle they bought in 2006 was diseased and dying, according to Philly Dawg, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s animal blog.

The lawsuit names kennel owners Joyce and Raymond Stoltzfus, who have a history of dog law violations and were the subject of the largest consumer settlement involving pet sales in Pennsylvania.

Also named in the suit is CC Pets’ veterinarian, Tom Stevenson of Twin Valley Veterinary Clinic in Honey Brook, Chester County, whose license was suspended in May after he was alleged to have  placed a puppy under scalding water and cut off a part of its tail without using anesthesia.

In the most recent action against the Stoltzfuses, a Commonwealth Court judge in March ordered CC Pets closed for six months and fined its owners Raymond and Joyce Stoltzfus $166,000 for violating terms of a 2005 settlement.

The Ostranders paid $530 for the 7-week-old puppy; it died within five days of  parvovirus.

The Stoltzfuses, who sell about 1,700 dogs a year, denied the allegations and countersued the New Jersey couple, saying Lewis Ostrander defamed them in an Internet blog and in news interviews.

Philly Dawg further reports:

“Previously operating under the kennel name Puppy Love, the Stoltzfuses have been the subject of hundreds of consumer complaints and government scrutiny dating to the 1980s. So voluminous were the complaints against the kennel in the 1990s, that the Pennsylvania “puppy lemon law” was enacted. And in 2005, after 171 consumer complaints were lodged against them – from consumers in Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and New York and elsewhere – the Stoltzfuses were fined $75,000 and agreed to certify the health of each dog they sell.”


Comment from Mom of Tebow
Time July 22, 2009 at 7:37 pm

They sold us a sick “Labradoodle” that ended up being a Maltese. Total scum bags in a class with Michael Vic.

Comment from Frances
Time August 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Worst part is that you get a puppy with the best interest at heart, and the puppy end up been really sick without much hope because it’s genetic! Because some vicious people, they only see sign dollars instead of lifes!