Alleged abuse at NYC pet store caught on video

Damning undercover video reveals concerns at NYC pet store

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A high-end pet store in New York, offering pedigreed puppies and adult dogs, is under fire after damning video was taken showing alleged mistreatment of dogs who are in the store’s care. The Humane Society of the United States released the video this week and the footage from their two-month undercover investigation of the Chelsea Kennel Club is disturbing.

The animal-welfare agency’s undercover footage appears to show sickly puppies and others who are suffering from injuries.

According to Thursday’s publication of the New York Daily News, one pet owner (who has chosen to remain anonymous) claims that her $4,500 puppy, purchased from the Chelsea Kennel Club, died just six days after she brought him home.

According to Friday’s Chelsea Now, Dana Derragh, the store owner, disputes the claims and insists that she is an animal lover who would never hurt the pets who are in her care. In fact, she has stated that she is speaking to a lawyer about the defamation of her character by the HSUS.

Meanwhile, animal-welfare advocates have instigated protests outside of Derragh’s store. According to Their Turn, within days of the undercover video’s release, protestors entered the store and walked outside with signs, in an effort to enlighten potential customers to the alleged abuse at the business.

(Image and video HSUS)

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9 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    The owner is concerned about defamation of character? Her first concern should be the conditions of these dogs and where they get them from. Knowingly purchasing puppies from notorious puppy mills should be against the law and criminal prosecutions of both the owner of the puppy mill as well as the owner of the store that is trying to profit from these sick animals. Shut all these puppy mills down first, then deal with the stores. USDA, do your job and shut them down!

  2. Star Shelley says:

    Boy watching this video on these poor pups i wanted to reach out and beat the shit out of those staff workers. I hope these pups,are remove and put that owner in jail.

  3. Mark says:

    Shut them down and put them out of business! Btw who would pay 4,500 for a dog?! Go to a shelter or rescue group to adopt and perhaps donate some money to help animals in need.

  4. Helen says:

    You’re supporting these heinous puppy mills when you purchase a dog/puppy from a pet store. I believe all pet stores and puppy mills be shuttered. If you want a specific breed, do your homework and find a reputable breeder (if you can find them); otherwise your best friend is sitting in a shelter or rescue. There are also rescue org. that rescue specific breeds.

  5. Wanda Ferreira says:

    Puppy mills need to be outlawed and shut down, unless there is legislation passed that limits the number of parent dogs and litters allowed on/from any one property, required health and safety inspection, required documented veterinary care/examinations and required housing safety standards for any and all breeding pets and their offspring.
    There are hundreds of thousands more pet stores just like this one throughout the country.
    ALL pet stores should be required to have a minimum of 1 veterinary nurse (assistant) on the premises at all times, during hours of operation.
    ALL stores should be required to have more shelter animals in need of adoption, than new arrivals. Or, at least, an equal number.
    These pet shop pups and kittens are likely to end up in a shelter, anyway.

    We’ll, that’s my 2 cents, anyway

  6. Cynthia Como says:

    When will America ban all puppy mills? It’s appalling to me that they are legally allowed to exist! Puppy mills are nothing more than legal torture chambers from hell for dogs! Not to mention that they are adding to the over population of dogs and all the horrors that go along with it! SMH


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