By George Barnes Telegram & Gazette Staff | November 20, 2018
SHREWSBURY – A Shrewsbury man is being sued by the state attorney general for allegedly running an unlicensed and unsanitary pet shop that routinely sold fatally ill puppies to customers.
In the complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court, the the office of Attorney General Maura Healey alleges that Heath Morse sold puppies out of his home without following requirements, including quarantine procedures required by the state’s Animal Health Law. It is also alleged he failed to obtain a state license to run a pet shop.
“We allege this man scammed families out of thousands of dollars, leaving them heartbroken, in serious debt, and in some cases, without the pet they paid for,” Ms. Healey said. We are taking this defendant to court to stop him from ever working with animals again.”
Mr. Morse’s businesses include Heath’s Legendary Bulldogs, Dream-A-Bullz, Heath’s English Bulldogs and Heath’s French Bulldogs. The attorney general alleges Mr. Morse falsely advertised on various websites and social media platforms that he was a longtime bulldog breeder and that the puppies he sold were healthy, of show-dog quality and American Kennel Club certified.
Despite receiving a cease and desist order from the state Department of Agricultural Resources, Mr. Morse continued to misrepresent the health and condition of his puppies and operate an illegal pet shop, the attorney general added.
The complaint seeks restitution for the victims, civil penalties and a permanent injunction preventing Mr. Morse from ever selling puppies or falsely advertising the sale of puppies.
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