April 10, 2009
Attorney General Corbett announces court ordered shut down of Lancaster County dog kennel
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that a Commonwealth Court judge has ordered CC Pets, a Lancaster County dog kennel to be closed for the next six months and pay $166,000 in fines after finding them in contempt of a previous court order.
Commonwealth Court Senior Judge Barry Feudale issued his order yesterday following a hearing on April 6 to consider the Attorney General's request to permanently shut down the kennel and impose fines for advertising violations, which were spelled out in previous court settlements with the kennel.
Corbett said that on Oct. 14, 2008, his Bureau of Consumer Protection filed a contempt petition in Commonwealth Court against Puppy Love Kennels, also doing business as CC Pets, and their owners Joyce and Raymond Stoltzfus of Peach Bottom, Lancaster County.
Corbett said the contempt petition alleged that the Stoltzfuses placed more than 800 classified ads either in print or online in newspapers in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Allentown and Carlisle that failed to include the kennel name.
Corbett said that a 2005 settlement agreement with the Stoltzfuses prohibited them from placing classified advertisements that did not specifically mention their business. During the April 6, 2009 hearing, the Attorney General's Office asked the Court to permanently bar the dog kennel from operating in Pennsylvania.
Corbett said, "The court took the appropriate action in shutting down CC Pets. There is no room in Pennsylvania for dog breeders who regularly deceive consumers, repeatedly violate the law and willfully ignore previous legal actions by the Attorney General's Office."
Corbett explained that in 2005 his office negotiated the largest ever state consumer fraud settlement involving the sale of sick and defected dogs. That suit was filed on behalf of 171 consumers who bought dogs from the Stoltzfuses.
That settlement specifically required the Stoltzfuses to pay $50,000 to consumers, $25,000 in fines and specifically stated that the, "Defendants SHALL direct that any advertisements placed by or at their direction in any medium shall identify the defendants by the name under which defendants conduct business or as a licensed kennel."
The case was litigated by Deputy Attorney General Kathryn Silcox.
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