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Pet store owner guilty of animal cruelty

Updated: Thursday, March 20 2014, 06:07 PM EDT

By: Crissy Clutter and NEWS9

WHEELING, W.Va.--


Tammy Sue Conrad, 40, of Alledonia, Ohio, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

Marshall County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Canestraro said Conrad will pay a fine and be unable to own animals for the next five years.

“Our main goal was to make sure she could not own animals for the maximum amount of time,” said Canestraro.

Conrad was arrested in January after numerous complaints from people who had purchased sick dogs at the Pet Stop, Pet Shop in Moundsville.

John Kazemka and his family purchased their puppy “Daisy” from the store, but were forced to have the puppy euthanized when it was diagnosed with Parvo.

Canestraro said the store is now shut down and he believes Conrad is moving out of the area.

He called the conditions “dirty” when law enforcement went inside.

“Animals soiled and several animal without food or water,” said Canestraro. “Ms. Conrad knowingly recklessly withheld medical treatment.”

Luckily, this story has a somewhat happy ending--- the Marshall County Animal Shelter tells NEWS9 Kazemka and his family adopted “Cheech,” a Chihuahua just a few days ago.


Kazemka says the pet is happy and healthy and he will always adopt.

The shelter is still taking donations for medical bills incurred for several puppies that were seized and had to be treated from the Pet Stop, Pet Shop.

If you’d like to help the shelter with a donation you can contact them via email at MCASwv@gmail.com or call the shelter at 304-845-9770.

Pet store owner guilty of animal cruelty


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