FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Fall River man accused of illegally importing dogs into Rhode Island has pleaded not guilty.
WPRI-TV reports 30-year-old Justin Wagner was arraigned Monday on charges of importing dogs into the state without valid certificates and operating a pet shop without a license.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says officials confirmed that a company called Loyal Labs that advertised puppies for sale on Facebook wasn’t licensed in Rhode Island. The puppies were from Pennsylvania.
Wagner was in possession of seven nine-week-old Labrador retriever puppies when he was arrested. DEM says they were dehydrated and infested with worms.
Wagner is on probation for animal cruelty charges in Massachusetts.
Wagner was released and is due back in court Feb. 29.
It’s unclear whether he’s represented by an attorney.