A shuttered Manhattan pet store that was found liable for peddling sick puppies has been ordered to pay nearly $4 million in fines, a judge has ruled.
The Chelsea Kennel Club and its owner at the time, Yardena Derraugh, must pay $3.9 million in fines to go into a restitution fund for customers who were cheated by the business, a judge said last week.
Derraugh and CKC also were permanently barred by the judge from opening a pet store again in the city.
The city Department of Consumer Affairs filed a suit in May 2019 accusing the store of regularly selling sick pooches and doctoring the canines’ veterinary files to cover up their misdeeds.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Melissa Crane in January granted a default judgment against Derraugh and the business, finding them liable for the claims, after they failed to answer or appear at a hearing over the lawsuit.
Crane slapped the hefty fines after CKC and Derraugh because again, they “have not answered, or appeared in this action,” her decision said.
“We are very pleased with the court’s decision,” said DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas. “While we cannot take away the tragic misfortunes consumers have experienced from Chelsea Kennel Club, we are glad a restitution fund is ordered to be established.”
The Humane Society first exposed the pet store — which was located on Seventh Avenue near 22nd Street — in 2017 after conducting a two-month-long undercover investigation that revealed the terrible conditions.
Last year, state Attorney General Letitia James also filed suit against Derraugh and the business.
Derraugh could not immediately be reached for comment.
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