Howell animal breeder selling puppies despite ban

Distinction Acres was shut down by the health department, but continues to sell puppies.

Distinction Acres was shut down by the health department, but continues to sell puppies. (12/12/12)

EDISON - A Kane In Your Corner investigation reveals that a Howell dog breeder is still selling puppies despite being ordered to shut down five months ago by the health department.

Denise Corraggio purchased two puppies from Distinction Acres in Howell. Both of the dogs had serious health issues, and one of the puppies died.

Over the summer, state and county health inspectors found dozens of health violations at Distinction Acres and ordered it to shut down. Five months later, Distinction Acres owner Joy Yard is still openly advertising puppies for sale for Christmas.

Yard admitted that she's selling the dogs despite the order. She says conditions in her kennel aren't as bad as the Health Department is making them out to be. Yard insists that she cleans and grooms the dogs daily and has many letters from satisfied customers.

Yard says she's only selling her existing stock of dogs and won't breed any new animals until her legal situation is resolved.

Tomorrow, Kane In Your Corner will have another report on the Distinction Acres controversy.
 

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