Yesterday, ABC 6 released the findings of their investigation into a case of an unlicensed puppy dealer in New Jersey flipping dogs again, despite having been arrested for selling sick pooches several years ago.
William Roberts’ home was raided in 2008 and 28 sick dogs were seized from the property by the New Jersey SPCA. Roberts was jailed, but the charges against him were dismissed. Last year, Gloucester County "issued a cease and desist order to Roberts after getting another complaint he was illegally selling sick dogs. But Action News found him violating that order, selling puppies out of his car again.”
Action News set out to investigate when a woman by the name of Joyce Caramota had recently bought a ten-week-old Shih-Tzu from Roberts, and the tiny dog had been found to be sick with the often-lethal and highly contagious Parvovirus, and died within six days. The news crew found Roberts under the names John and Bill Roberts on puppyfind.com and sent a reporter to meet him in a parking lot, pretending to want to buy one of the puppies he was advertising for sale.
During their meeting, Roberts told the undercover reporter that he gave the puppies their shots himself “because they only cost me $3.” One of the mandatory vaccinations is the booster against Parvovirus, which caused the death of Caramota's puppy.
Roberts is not a licensed dog dealer in New Jersey.