Office of The Attorney General John J. Hoffman, Acting Attorney General Division of Consumer Affairs Steve C.
Lee, Acting Director Division of Law Michelle Miller Acting Director For Further Information and Media Inquiries: Jeff Lamm Neal Buccino (973) 504-6327 New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and "Prada Puppies" Agree to Settlement, "Prada Puppies" Agrees to Change Business Practices and Pay $65,634 for Restitution, Reimbursements and Penalties View Final Consent Judgement NEWARK - Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and defendant Jessica Durkin, d/b/a "Prada Puppies," of Salem, a pet dealer who allegedly sold sick pets to consumers, have reached a $65,634.41 settlement that includes consumer restitution along with civil penalties and legal/investigative cost reimbursements. “We’re pleased that the affected consumers will be receiving restitution under this settlement,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said. “We can’t undo the heartache these consumers suffered when their newly-purchased puppies became sick or had to be euthanized, but this settlement includes business practice reforms to ensure that only healthy pets are offered for sale going forward.” “The Pet Purchase Protection Act and the Pet Purchase Protection regulations require that cats and dogs offered for sale receive an examination from a licensed veterinarian before delivery, as well as disclosure to consumers that this important procedure has been completed,” noted Steve Lee, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
“Any consumer about to buy a pet should review their rights, as well as the seller’s responsibilities, under this law.” Five consumers will receive a total of $6,443.72 in restitution for the purchase price and/or veterinary costs incurred for their pets. Of the remaining settlement amount, $58,134.41 in civil penalties and cost reimbursements to the State are suspended for a 30-month period and will be vacated if the settlement terms are not violated.