Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit Monday to shut down an alleged puppy-laundering ring. Spokesman Lynn Hicks says the ring sold nearly 13-hundred puppies.
He says the pure-bred puppies were sold as rescue animals by non-profit organizations to organizations outside of Iowa.
In addition to California and Illinois, the dogs from Iowa were also sold in Florida and New Jersey.
The lawsuit alleges the puppies were sold from September 2016 to July 2018 for 714-thousand-510 dollars. Hicks says they want the operation stopped.
The individuals names in the lawsuit are: Jolyn K. Noethe of Britt, president of Hobo K-9 as well as co-president, secretary and director of J.A.K.’s Puppies; Kimberly Dolphin of Britt, treasurer of Hobo K-9, as well as co-president, secretary and director of J.A.K.’s Puppies; Megan Peterson of Wesley, a manager with J.A.K.’s Puppies and secretary of Hobo K-9; Russell Kirk of Ottumwa, president, secretary, treasurer and director of Rescue Pets Iowa. The lawsuit seeks civil penalties for up to 40-thousand dollars for each violation.
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