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Woman accused of illegally selling animals

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Updated: 9/05/2013 11:45 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A local woman was caught illegally selling animals.

Twenty-eight animals were taken to the city's shelter last week. City leaders say Suzanne Dunn was illegally selling animals, and some of them were sick. She doesn't have a license.

We went to Dunn's home to get her side of the story. She would only talk to us off camera. She told Action News off camera she got the animals from people who could no longer take care of them, and she was just trying to get them a good home. She also tells says she was working on getting a license. Dunn even admitted one dog she sold had a virus called parvo.

The local humane society said it has seen cases like this. There are ways you can avoid getting duped.

"We recommend when you're looking for an animal that you come to a reputable organization," said Amy Pierce with the Jacksonville Humane Society.

Pierce says there are signs something isn't legit. For example, if a seller won't let you come to their home to see the animals. "Meet the person. See where they're breeding and what you're buying," said Pierce.

A city spokesperson tells us Dunn was not cited because she surrendered the dogs willingly. She was allowed to keep a few animals we're told were family pets. There is a website you can check for certain breeders who have licenses in each state.
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nativejax - 9/6/2013 6:44 AM
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Is she related to the Dunn guy that shot into the vehicle that killed Davis? If so the whole family 'seems' like criminals. and both, related or not, deserve serious jail time.

Animals matter - 9/5/2013 11:11 PM
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She was NOT a breeder! She was selling dogs/cats under the guise of being a rescue. She also illegally took donations from unsuspecting people. People need to verify that a rescue is legitimate by asking if they have a 501(c)3. They should be able to show you this paperwork. Also verify that the animal has been spayed/neutered. That is a requirement in addition to proper vaccines before a rescue will place an animal for adoption.
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