NJ, pet dealer reach settlement over sick animal claims

A South Jersey pet dealer accused of selling sick animals that required expensive veterinary care has agreed to pay $6,443 in restitution, authorities said.

Jessica Durkin, who does business as Prada Puppies in Salem, also agreed to adhere to new rules for future sales in the settlement announced Monday. One of those provisions bars her from selling cats or dogs in the state without a history and health certificate from where she bought them.

Five consumers will receive restitution for the purchase price and/or veterinary costs incurred for their pets.

But the Attorney General’s Office says $58,134 in civil penalties and investigative costs reimbursements will be suspended for 30 months and vacated if Durkin complies with the settlement.

Durkin admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement.

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