A Franklin Township kennel owner, who on Sept. 23 was arrested and charged for various acts of theft by deception and fraudulent business practices has been charged for a fifth incident.
According to State Police at Lehighton, Patricia E. Gadaleta, owner of Musket Labradors in Franklin Township and who has been under investigation since her arrest, used an alias name to order Labrador Retrievers from Katie Somers of Quincy, Wash. The dogs were sent as pet animals only, but evidence showed that these dogs were placed into Gadaleta's commercial dog breeding kennel.
She was charged with deceptive business practices.
This is the fifth investigation and round of charges conducted by state police concerning Gadaleta and Musket Labradors.
The previous four sets of charges stem from incidents similar to the aforementioned incident.
In all occurrences, Gadaleta used alias names to order purebred dogs from various kennels in California, Oregon, Maryland, and Michigan.
Each time, Gadaleta, posing as someone from another state, failed to make proper payment for the animals.
The investigation began after authorities were notified by Cheri Conway of Klamath Falls, Oregon, owner of Thornwood Labrador Retrievers, after she received two bad checks from the private buyer, now identified as Gadaleta, for the two dogs she sold to the individual. A search warrant of Gadaleta's property was issued on Sept. 23 and authorities discovered the Conway's two dogs; as well as 99 other Labradors.
Charges of theft by deception and deceptive business practices; as well as deceptive and fraudulent business practices and receiving stolen property were added to Gadaleta's charges after Sharene Greer Clark and Dan Clark of California, Michelle Marie Veucasovic of Michigan, and Belquest Kennels and Cattery of Maryland filed complaints.