By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Downey man pleaded no contest Friday to selling dozens of sick puppies and agreed to pay more than $200,000 in restitution to the families who bought them.

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Gustavo Gonzalez, 27, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of selling live animals on the street. He was immediately sentenced to 87 days in jail, placed on probation for a year, and ordered to pay $203,000 in restitution to 63 families and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.

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“The pets that we bring into our homes become a beloved part of our family. Trying to sell sick puppies to unsuspecting people is just plain wrong,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

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Prosecutors say Gonzalez sold sick puppies to families throughout Southern California between February 2018 and April 2019. Most of the puppies died after they were taken home, according to prosecutors.

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Gonzalez was also ordered to undergo a year of counseling for animal cruelty and is prohibited from owning or being around any animals for the next 10 years.