COLUMBUS, Ohio – People are coming forward sharing their stories of purchasing pets from a troubled central Ohio business owner.
On Tuesday, Columbus Humane seized 200 animals from a pet store and the owner’s home. Agents executed two search warrants at the Petting Zoo Pet Shop on West Broad Street and the owner’s residence on Demorest Road.
10TV sat down with two women who say they purchased puppies from the owner only to have them immediately fall ill. One dog survived, the other did not. Vets diagnosed both with Parvo – a highly contagious virus.
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A Facebook group is dedicated to people who have similar stories of what happened to pets allegedly bought from the same owner. The hope is by sharing their stories, they will prevent this from happening to other people.
“I just want him to be shut down and anybody else who does this. It’s just cruel. It’s inhumane,” said Andrea Pore. Her beagle survived after two weeks at the vet and thousands of dollars later.
For Ginny Burkhardt’s German Shepherd, it was too late.
“I hope he is jailed, fined. If he is living under a bridge with nothing that would make me a little happy. Justice for the puppies,” Burkhardt said.
The owner of the pet business is expected to face charges after Columbus Humane’s raid Tuesday.
Several people who purchased a sick pet are working with Columbus attorney Taylor Waters from Madison & Rosan LLP to potentially sue the owner.