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West New York grooming shop charged with tranquilizing dogs during grooming

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A West New York breeder and groomer's business was shut down and the owner arrested and charged with numerous counts of animal cruelty and drug possession on Thursday, after Bergen County animal control officers assisted West New York authorities, in a raid of Puppies Haven reported NorthJersey.com.

The business owner, Monica Giraldo, has been charged with nine counts of animal cruelty and two counts of drug possession. Eight dogs were found in deplorable conditions, and 97 used syringes were found throughout the shop which contained tranquilizers from Columbia allegedly used on dogs while they were being groomed. The shop, located at 6200 Kennedy Boulevard in West New York was reported to have been filthy.

Five dogs, including four Yorkshire terriers and a chihuahua, were removed from the shop and are now at the Bergen County Protect and Rescue Shelter in Cliffside Park. Three other dogs were taken to a nearby veterinarian for treatment. An English bull dog, poodle and Shiba Inu are reported to be improving. All of the dogs were matted, filthy and had severe dental decay except for the bull dog named Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Giraldo denies using tranquilizers on the dogs and stated she had the illegal narcotic to use just in case she had an aggressive dog to groom. Giraldo does not have a license to administer drugs, and she never renewed her operator's license for the grooming business.

Giraldo has surrendered all of the dogs to authorities. At this time, the dogs are not available for adoption.

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