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Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup (Southeast Michigan) Message Board › Pet Station Owner Arrested - Cruelty

Pet Station Owner Arrested - Cruelty

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Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,441

Former Dearborn Heights pet store owner gets probation for animal cruelty

3:42 PM, October 3, 2012 |­

By Tammy Stables Battaglia

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

The former owner of a Dearborn Heights pet shop that was raided in April because of poor conditions was placed on five years' probation and ordered to stay out of the pet business.

Ramzi Dakhlallah, former owner of the Pet Station, pleaded guilty to animal abandonment/cruelty of four to 10 animals, violating the Animals Industry Act and 17 counts for pet shop violations.

Judge Thomas E. Jackson today ordered that Dakhlallah cannot sell or transport animals for at least five years, during the time of his probation.

Prosecutors said more than 10 people complained about dead animals and inhumane conditions in the pet store.

The alleged abuse was tracked from July 31, 2009, through April, when officials raided the pet store.

"The Wayne County Animal Protection Unit spent many hours putting this case together and most importantly making sure the seized pets were given appropriate care and safe placements," Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller said in a statement issued about the case. "Dakhallah will no longer be able to have animals in deplorable conditions and sell sick animals to the unsuspecting public."

Dakhlallah declined to comment after the hearing.
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,442

Dearborn Heights Man Faces Probation for Animal Cruelty Charges

Ramzi Dakhlallah was charged in April with 37 counts of animal cruelty.


By Jessica Carreras
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10:47 am

A former Dearborn Heights pet store owner will face probation after pleading guilty to charges of animal cruelty.

Ramzi Dakhlallah was charged in April with 37 counts of animal cruelty following a lengthy investigation of the owner of the Pet Station. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office alleged that he abused or neglected more than 100 animals during his ownership of the shop, located on Telegraph Road near Van Born.

Dakhlallah pleaded guilty in August to animal cruelty against four to 10 animals, as well as several counts of pet shop violations.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Judge Thomas E. Jackson on Wednesday placed Dakhlallah on probation for five years, and ordered that he stay out of the pet shop business.

The original charges against Dakhlallah—including felony animal cruelty charges—carried a possible sentence of more than five years in prison.
Related Topics: Dearborn Heights crime, Pet Station, and Ramzi Dakhlallah
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,446

When profits are involved,
it never ends well for the animals.

Meetup Members,

I am sorry to ruin your day with these photos, but there is a happier ending to this puppy store story.

The Dearborn Police Department provided nearly 90 photos taken during two search warrant visits to Pet Station in Dearborn Heights Mi. Some were taken on 9/17/10 where they discovered ill puppies and soiled pans in the dog room. The remaining were taken on 6/10/11 where they found a deceased frog, bearded drag, and fish.

View all photos on our Meetup.

Sgt. Terri Smith lead this investigation after they received a complaint from a customer who visited the store when it first opened and found the dog room closed off with condensation on the door. The dogs were overheating – panting. The room had a heavy odor of urine and feces. Feces was smeared on the plexiglass windows. One puppy was found dead! The employees waited on customers before attending to the puppy, then they just threw the puppy in a bag without even checking the status.

Ramzi Dakhlallah was arrested, charged and eventually sentenced to 5 years probation, restitution to-be-determined (over $10,000) and 20 hours of community service. He is not allowed to possess, harbor, sell, import, breed, or transport animals during this probation period. If he violates his probation, he could go to jail.

View Police Reports on our Meetup.

Photo Credits: Dearborn Police Department

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