Law & Justice

Doyle Fined $20,000, Barred from Selling Pets in N.Y.

Richard Doyle

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Mahopac resident Richard Doyle, the former Yorktown pet shop owner who two months ago pleaded guilty to five counts of animal cruelty in Connecticut, has been barred from ever selling animals again in New York State, according to state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

Schneiderman, in a press release, said his office began investigating Doyle in 2015 after receiving multiple complaints from customers. He said his office determined that Doyle sold animals that had serious medical issues, despite claims of being healthy.

At one time, Doyle owned four pet shops: three in New York and one in Connecticut. At his shop in Danbury, where he was arrested twice, Doyle was convicted of illegally performing surgery on and failing to provide proper care for ill animals.

Sign Up for E-News

As part of his plea deal in Connecticut, Doyle must have no affiliation with a pet store or animal rescue shelter for three years. He was also required to make a $5,000 donation to Second Chance Rescue.

His penalties in New York were much stiffer. On top of his permanent ban selling animals, he is required surrender all of his licenses relative to the sale of animals and pay $20,000 in fines: $15,000 will be distributed to customers who purchased sick animals from Doyle, and $5,000 in penalties and costs to the state, according to an agreement between Doyle and the attorney general’s office.

“By shutting down stores that mistreat animals—and sell sick animals—we can help ensure that consumers are purchasing healthy pets, while protecting the animals themselves from those who break the law to turn a profit,” Schneiderman said. “Disturbing cases like these reaffirm my commitment to encouraging those in search of a new pet to adopt from a local shelter, rather than purchasing an animal. This gives an animal in need a home, and gives the consumer the peace of mind that they are receiving a healthy pet.”

Customers reported that, after purchasing the pets from Doyle, the animals were found to be suffering from serious health conditions such as parvo, giardiasis, pneumonia, intestinal parasites and kennel cough. Schneiderman said Doyle also falsified the names and license numbers of his suppliers in order to make it appear as though he purchased animals from reputable sources.

He also said that Doyle and his staff carried out “disturbing” medical practices to make the pets appear healthy. According to the attorney general’s office, “Doyle, who is not a veterinarian, regularly performed surgery on animals in the back rooms of his stores. He also ordered high school-aged employees to routinely administer injectable medications and intravenous fluids to mask rather than cure diseases and infections in sick animals. Doyle would then lie or ask his young employees to lie to the inspecting veterinarians regarding the illnesses so the veterinarians would not mark the animals unfit for sale. These procedures were not carried out in a sanitary environment and there was no veterinarian supervision or approval. Syringes were re-used and pre- and post-operative infection control was not practiced. In some cases, when Doyle was unable to ‘cure’ an animal himself, he let the sick animal suffer and, in some cases left it to die, rather than paying for routine veterinary care.”

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Barry of the Poughkeepsie Regional Office, with assistance from investigators Stephanie Brideau and Adrienne DeGaetano, under the supervision of Poughkeepsie Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge Jill F. Faber and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Offices Martin J. Mack.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


The Hatch Act and Immigration Updates

This is for information purposes only. So, when you see headlines like the recent “Kellyanne Conway cited for two violations of the Hatch Act,” you will have a working knowledge of what it means. First off, what is the Hatch Act? This has nothing to do with Orrin Hatch, senator from Utah. Simply put, it states one cannot advocate for or against candidates while serving in an official ...

There Is Always More to the Story

If you are getting your information from CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times or others in the mainstream media, you would think the Russians are no good dirty scoundrels, colluding with Trump to steal the election from the rightful heir, Hillary Clinton.

The leading Democrats in New York are all on board with this scenario, as are Democrats representing states across the country. You have heard ...

The ‘Feminist’ President ... Ha!

Incredibly, it wasn’t until 1987 that Congress finally acknowledged the part women have played in the great movements of American history, declaring March to be National Women’s History Month.

And each year since, as March rolls around, U.S. presidents have stood at the lectern, extolling the virtues of American women. In President Trump’s statement, released last week, he ...

To Harrison, L'Chaim!

At long last, the smile of spring approaches, as an angry winter recedes into good riddance. Our spirit is ready to be re-charged. Damn the power outages, full speed ahead!

For my wife, Elyse, daughter, Elissa, and me, this otherwise exuberant time of year brings a confusion of mixed emotions. In 2003, on the opening day of spring, March 20, which happens to be my birthday, our 15-year-old son ...

Anytown USA's Reality TV Show

Nowhere is the raw power of our Constitution’s First Amendment more earnestly practiced than in thousands of town halls across the land every time a citizen steps up to the podium to say his piece.

That also is where reality television can be seen at its rawest, as town meetings are televised to the local populace. All the familiar production values of reality TV are there in full color: ...

When It's Not OK to Ask If Everything's OK

There is this thing that I do that annoys the heck out of my family. Well, to be honest, there are a lot of things I do that annoy the heck out of my family, but I am thinking of one thing in particular.

Whenever someone is in the bathroom for what I determine to be an abnormally long period of time, I stand outside the bathroom door and yell,


I ...

I'm All Pumped Up

This time last year, I struggled with my New Year’s resolution to go to the gym.

This year, I have made significant progress. I am going to the gym on a semi-regular basis. And by semi-regular, I mean, I go often enough that I actually remember where it’s located between visits.

The bad news, however, is that my workouts are just, how would you say it? Lame. Yes, they’re ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, March 24, 2:00 PM

South Putnam Animal Hospital, Mahopac

PCDOH Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Health & Wellness

Sat, March 24, 2:00 PM

South Putnam Animal Hospital, Mahopac

PCDOH Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Health & Wellness

Sun, March 25

First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, Yorktown Heights

Holy Week at First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown

Religions And Spirituality

Safety Is Schools' Top Priority

March 14, 2018

To the editor,

[Editor’s note: The following letter was sent by School Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo to Mahopac families and the school community.]

We are all saddened by the tragic events that took place in Parkland, Fla., several weeks ago, Mahopac’s collective thoughts and prayers for healing and strength are directed toward the families and students of Parkland.

I want ...