Reporting Charles Feldman
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Authorities on Wednesday searched the home of a Southland woman who some have accused of selling sick puppies on the Internet.
KNX 1070′s Charles Feldman reports the breeder has become infamous with multiple dog buyers in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Officials with the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection unit executed a search warrant early Wednesday morning at the Norco home of Monique Matthews.
Senior investigator Dennis Miller said there were “several complaints from residents in LA County of purchasing dogs from Monique Matthews”.
“The dogs turned out to be not healthy as she claimed that they were,” Miller said.
An online petition calling on the District Attorney’s office to investigate Matthews was recently closed down, while a Facebook page accusing Matthews of “selling sick animals from puppy mills” remains online.
Brigette Hect of Long Beach was among those duped into purchasing a puppy that was suffering from various ailments.
“We found out the dog had intestinal infection, then within a few days, the dog started yelping [from a] severe ear infection,” said Hect.
Prosecutors could opt to charge Matthews with false advertising or even grand theft “depending on the value”, according to Miller.
Matthews was contacted regarding the allegations but refused to comment.