- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A Hudson Valley pet store whose owner is facing animal cruelty charges has closed.

American Breeders: Puppies & Kittens in Wappingers Falls closed on Sept. 30. That’s according to the store’s landlord, Frank Buyakowski.

Buyakowski tells the Poughkeepsie Journal (https://pojonews.co/1LjJWSl ) that he came to a mutual agreement with the store’s owner, Richard Doyle, to close the shop.

The 55-year-old Doyle was charged in July with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty following an investigation by state animal control officers from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Several Hudson Valley residents told the newspaper they had purchased sick puppies at the business, which was the focus of protests by animal rights activists and customers in August.



American Breeders: Puppies & Kittens also has had locations in Danbury, Connecticut, and Mohegan Lake.

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