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Attorney General settles with owner of alleged puppy mill

Customers complained of sick puppies, expensive vet bills

SAN ANTONIO - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office has reached a settlement that prevents the owner of an alleged puppy mill from selling animals.

The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, reached last week, lists Justin Sullivan as the owner of, a dog brokering business, and alleges Sullivan claimed to sell puppies that were in good health, but were diagnosed with a wide range of diseases shortly after the dogs were sold, and engaged in other deceptive business practices.

Tina Barta said she spent about $1,000 to pay for veterinary bills keep her dog, Duke, which she bought from Sullivan alive.

“I find out he has parasites in his stool. He has ear mites. He has a yeast infection in his ears. And he was so sick and neglected, I almost lost him,” said Barta.

John De Los Santos said the same thing happened to him, but his dog wasn’t as lucky. He said the puppy also had parasites, had contracted parvo, and died a few days after coming home.

“When it was all said and done, including the purchase price, I think we'd spent about 2500 dollars,” De Los Santos said.

Sullivan, reached by phone, said he took care of the puppies as best as he could. He said he has been out of the dog brokering business since late December, and said only about 2% of his customers complained about their animals.

The agreement with the Attorney General establishes a modest restitution fund for Sullivan’s customers, capped at $2,500.

Customers have until December 10th to file a claim with the Attorney General’s San Antonio Consumer Protection Service.

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