Woman who sold sick and dying puppies barred from ever owning another dog in N.J.

Investigators found 19 dogs "varying ages and medical states" in the woman's Plainfield home, officials said.

A woman who bred and sold sick puppies from her Plainfield home to people across New Jersey will never own a pet in the state again, under a sentence handed down Thursday.

Suzie Bourdouvales, 38, pled guilty to two counts of third-degree animal cruelty in June and was sentenced Thursday to probation. She was barred for life from owning, breeding, or selling pets in New Jersey, according to a release from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

The New Jersey SPCA and the prosecutor’s office searched her home on March 8 after a yearlong investigation and seized 19 puppies of “varying ages and medical states” that were living in “unsafe and unsanitary conditions,” Union County Assistant Prosecutor Patricia Cronin said in the release.

Authorities said Bourdouvales had hoarded dozens of sick puppies, many of which died under her care.

DogNeglect2.jpgSome of the dogs seized from Suzie Bourdouvales’ Plainfield home in June. (Union County Prosecutor’s Office) 

Many of the dogs she sold died despite their new owners’ desperate attempts to save them, officials said.

This was not her first time selling sick animals. She previously pled guilty to selling them out of her car in Plainfield in 2015, and she was ordered to pay nearly $20,000 in restitution, the prosecutor’s office said.

The dogs seized from her home were placed into the care of the Cranford-based Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption and Traveling Paws Animal Rescue, as well as Brendan’s Meadows Rescue in Mountainside. 

Bourdouvales must also pay over $30,000 in restitution to her customers, undergo a psychological evaluation, comply with all ordered treatment, and submit to periodic monitoring, the release said.

Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.

 

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