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Police: Dog Stolen from Aquebogue Puppy Store

The following information was supplied by the Riverhead Town Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.

Jasmine Ann Stephens, 19, of East Hampton, was arrested with a 17-year-old East Hampton teen on Feb. 1 on grand larceny charges after they allegedly stole a $2,500 dog from in Aquebogue.

According to reports, the owner of the shop reported to police that two females took the dog from the Route 25 shop without paying for it and fled in a car westbound on Route 25. The car was reportedly stopped on Osborn Avenue near Pulaski Street. They were transported to police headquarters, the two were released on $50 bail each, and the dog was returned.

Benja Schwartz February 07, 2012 at 03:50 AM
>> a $2,500 dog Must have been a pretty fancy mutt! What kind of puppy was it and where did it come from?
the owl February 07, 2012 at 11:30 AM
If it came from a puppy mill, they might get off light with a grand larceny charge. Puppy mill dogs often have serious health issues that will cost a fortune to new owners to properly treat and care for during its life cycle.
BOB PALADIN February 07, 2012 at 12:59 PM
our rescue dogs all of them cost 400 bucks to transport from kill shelters in the south . they are healthy hysterically funny and loyal to the core rescue dont buy
paula didonato February 07, 2012 at 02:51 PM
What a horrible story on all levels... Don't buy puppies from puppy mills and $2,500... ridiculous! I have three beautiful dogs from rescue... two puggles and a pug! they are perfect dogs from shelters PERFECT!
John Carway February 07, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Who said this was a puppy mill? I have been to this store and have told that all of their dogs come from local breeders
BOB PALADIN February 07, 2012 at 03:38 PM
jc i didnt say puppy mill . i rescue dogs from death row in the south and its cheaper and its a real 'life saver' i have never had better pure breed s two hounds recent puppy] a rat terrier and a great pyr ' the great pyr is the dog of my life '...total cost 400 /4 dogs
Mike Burke February 07, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I say you should be able to see ALL the paperwork on each dog that is for sale showing from where the store purchased it. Tha date of purchase as wll as the treatment / shots and showing the location of birth. That should help buyers make decisions clearly.
nancy shaw February 07, 2012 at 07:14 PM
We have a german sherpard which was brought locally and a west highland terrior which I got from an ad that was in Newsday. I'm preety sure my westie came from a puppy mill but he is 8 now and a very healthy dog. I know 4 people that have brought dogs from Puppy Experience and have all been happy with them and they have been healthy. If they did come from puupy mills at least now they have loving homes.
mhorine1 February 07, 2012 at 08:47 PM
NO reputable breeder would sell a dog to a pet store. A reputable breeder will not generally sell a dog without knowing it is going to a good home that is suitable for the puppy. Buying dogs from pet stores, puppy mills and internet breeders just continues the viscious cycle of dogs being born and living in abhorrently bad conditions.
BOB PALADIN February 07, 2012 at 09:16 PM
mhorine..... amen to that .......you said it best
Ditty51 February 08, 2012 at 12:11 AM
thumbs up, mhorine 1
Ecleva February 08, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I bought a dog from here 4 years ago and I have to tell you I definately rescued her! She was so sick when I got her home she went to the vet 3 times in the first week for kennel cough! Called them they never offered to reimburse me and didn't really seem to care. Was told she was 8 weeks when I got her when in reality she was only 6 weeks and didn't have all the shots she needed even though they told me she did, and never should've been taken from her mother at that young age. But with lots of love and visits to the vet she was healthy within a month and is now the best most lovable dog I ever had!
Eva June February 08, 2012 at 10:08 AM
On the subject of dogs. I adopted my current dog Snowball, a Cocker Spaniel 3 yrs ago from a local shelter. She was 10 yrs old - I knew she had a heart murmur, bad ears, & warts. The reason I adopted her was that 6 days earlier, my previous dog, a one-of-a-kind dog, Snowie, was hit by a car while I was not at home. A friend was at my home, & I'll never know if someone tried to enter the home, or if the door was left ajar, but I came home to find my Snowball outside my home in a garbage bag. It would have been so much better if the person who hit my dog had come to get me. This tragedy took place in the same 13 month time span in which I lost my fiance at a hospital for outpatient surgery, & my mother, who had terminal MS couldn't breathe. That's why after Snowie died, 6 days later I adopted Snowball from a local animal shelter. They disclosed she had a level 3 heart murmur, bad ears, & warts. She also has pulmonary hypertension which she takes Pimobendan (vetmedin) for, & recently started having grand-mal seizures, and started taking meds for that. I was employed full time when I adopted her, but that job ended 6 months later, and it's been an uphill battle since then. But she has saved me, as I saved her. After one vet was not providing cost effective care, I switched to Bideawee Westhampton. (If you go there, please tell them Eva & Snowball sent you.). I'm reaching out for help with dog sitting, support,and medication, vet care support birdwatcher2011@verizon.net
BOB PALADIN February 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
eva june keep up the good works
Victoria Germaise February 08, 2012 at 01:50 PM
All the pups need to be rescued from that hellhole....lights on 24/7, overcrowded, undersized crates, unregulated temperatures, often-empty water bottles. (I've stopped in an mentioned this to staff, only to be admonished.) I know 4 well-meaning people who unwittingly purchased dogs from this joint, and all were sick, requiring hundreds -- and, in one case, thousands - of dollars of vet care. Pets should be rescued, not purchased -- there are millions of beautiful, loving pets, waiting to be rescued from intolerable conditions. Pets of every size, breed, hypo-allergenic or not --- there is no excuse to buy a pet. Thousands of loving companions are being put to death every day. Bring one of those into your home and heart.
forward thinking February 08, 2012 at 02:04 PM
a dog is a reflection of its owner. just like a computer love in - love out. the best dogs that are dogs that are "rescued" from shelters. especoally our soho shelter. they are glad to be able to be free with their owners and will love unconditionally. they are like children "the more care and guidence" the better the animal/child. of al the cats and dogs i have had (bought two) the best were the "shelter" animals. adopt and donate ....
BOB PALADIN February 08, 2012 at 02:19 PM
how about this tie in lets open a' dog adoption' center where the bagel place was we do two good things at the same time........staff it with volunteers maybe the LL will let us do it for free for 6 months
Eva June February 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I know that Talmadge has pet adoption days on Saturdays. Also SAVES Spay Alter Neuter Vaccinate Every Stray has cats and kittens that are adoptable at PETCO.What I'd love is a dog park in downtown vicinity of Riverhead. And I'd love an indoor recreation zone where you could bring your pets. I've got my one Snowball, (read above) and I have a stray who has decided to become an indoor cat, Peekaboo, and two Ferrets which my granddaughter gifted me with when she moved out of State in November, Metia ( Nosey), and Bongo (Lazy).I'd love to have an indoor place to bring my animal family. It would be great do have both next to each other.
Eva June February 08, 2012 at 02:54 PM
And you could have homeless pets there too, looking for their forever home. It would be great to offer respite for when people are ill and can't care for their pets also. And busineses like Petco, and Animal friendly hotels could advertise, as well as veterinarians. I wish Bideawee could do something like this in Riverhead. A place where a person with an animal family could go and have a cup of coffee, even if, due to DOH rules, you have to bring your own. Could have a hot and cold water dispenser. A toaster oven. Could be like a club. Could bring the school kids in for classes. And in Riverhead.
Benja Schwartz August 29, 2012 at 01:16 AM
>> If they did come from puupy mills at least now they have loving homes. PLEASE get real. Do not think we can buy our way out of the problem. If you buy a pouppy from a mill you are supporting puppy mills. The protection of one animal should not be at the cost of many others.
Frank T August 29, 2012 at 01:41 AM
There are too many dogs needing homes from shelters. We found ours 3 years ago. We nursed him back to health and he is the most loving and loyal dog. I would adopt more if I had the time. I almost took one home from Kent Animal shelter at the Polish Festival a couple of weeks ago. Please stop buying from puppy stores and give the shelter dogs (and cats) a chance.

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