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Charges continue to pour in against kennel owner

Published October 01. 2010 05:00PM

Charges are mounting against a Franklin Township kennel owner who was arrested last week after state police learned that she stole purebred Labrador Retrievers from another breeder.

According to State Police at Lehighton, a third round of charges for deceptive and fraudulent business practices were filed against Patrice E. Gadaleta, 51, the owner of Musket Labradors.

This time, police state, Gadaleta purchased a Labrador Retriever from Michelle Marie Veucasovic of Michigan, the owner of Infinity Labradors.

She used an alias name to order the show dog, which was restricted from breeding, from Veucasovic. At the time, Gadaleta ordered the dog as a private buyer, but then kept the animal in her commercial dog breeding kennel as breeding stock.

Troopers state that the dog was voluntarily surrendered by Gadaleta to the ASCPA and its identity was confirmed through the microchip identification system.

This is the third investigation against Gadaleta for theft of dogs using alias names.

On Sept. 23, Gadaleta was charged by state police for stealing a pair of Labrador Retrievers from Cheri Conway of Klamath Falls, Oregon, the owner of Thornwood Labrador Retrievers.

Authorities were notified after Conway tried to cash two checks Gadaleta sent her, but the checks bounced.

A search warrant was issued for Gadaleta's property and the stolen dogs were discovered among the 101 dogs kenneled on the property.

On Sept. 29, she was charged with theft by deception and deceptive business practices after troopers received a complaint from Sharene Greer Clark and Dan Clark of California.

They also sold Gadaleta a show dog, valued at $3,200, believing she was a private buyer. Payment was never received for the animal.

A second search of Gadaleta's property was conducted and the stolen dog was found and identified.

Since Gadaleta's arrest, the Carbon County Animal Response Team has been on scene caring for the purebred dogs.

Yesterday, 37 dogs were transported from the property to various animal rescue shelters, where they will be cared for and put up for adoption.

State Police at Lehighton are asking that anyone else that was a victim of Gadaleta to contact the barracks at (610) 377-4270. The investigating officer is Trooper Nicolas A. De La Iglesia.

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