Aug 05, 2022
Settlement reached with pet store owners who violated Marylands puppy mill ban
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Under the settlement reached between online puppy retailer Maryland Puppies Online LLC and its owners, Sara and Nathan Bazler, customers who purchased dogs — since Jan. 1, 2020 — that have certain conditions could get a refund or get compensation for what they have spent on treating their pets.
In addition, Maryland Puppies has been barred from offering, selling or transferring dogs in and from Maryland, and it must pay a civil penalty of $75,000, which increases to $250,000 if the agreement is breached.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, in a news release, said that Maryland Puppies continued to sell dogs online and at a retail location after the sales were banned by the state’s No More Puppy Mills Act, which went into effect in January 2020.
“The No More Puppy Mills Act was enacted to protect animals from mistreatment by puppy mill
operators,” Frosh said in a statement. “With this settlement in place, eligible consumers can receive refunds if the puppies they bought had a disorder or were seriously ill.”
Pet owners eligible for refund will be contacted by Frosh’s office, and those with questions can call 410-576-6569.
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With 34 ballots left to count, Elrich leads Montgomery Co. executive Democratic primary
With 34 ballots remaining, election officials in Montgomery County, Maryland, plan to return Sunday to count the remaining votes, which will be vital in the Democratic primary race for county executive.
Election workers were sent home Saturday night with incumbent Marc Elrich leading challenger David Blair by just 42 votes.
Elrich had 39.2%, with 55,469 votes. Blair had 39.17%, with 55,427 votes.
A total of 141,499 ballots have been counted.
Friday was the last day that Maryland’s boards of elections accepted mail-in ballots. Canvassers began counting provisional ballots on Saturday. State election officials said that they hope to have completed and certified Maryland’s primary election votes by Aug. 12.
Under state election law, the trailing candidate can request a recount within three days of the certification of the vote. When asked during his weekly county executive meeting Wednesday if he would ask for a recount if he lost by .25% of the vote, Elrich said he would.
The close race is a repeat of the last Democratic primary for county executive, where four years ago, Elrich edged out Blair by just 77 votes.
WTOP’s Juan Herrera and Kate Ryan contributed to this report.
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