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Troy dog owner accuses breeder of unhealthy environment

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TROY, N.Y. – It's been a tough road for Chloe, a 4-month old, three pound Morkie.

"She's getting much better every day. She gets a little bit stronger, the vet thinks she's doing great," said Chloe's owner, Dolores Bacon.

Bacon bought Chloe for $350 after finding her on eBay from Michelle Hempstead, a breeder in Troy. Despite documents saying Chloe was all right, Bacon says that all changed 2 days later.

"I got her on a Saturday and on Monday she was totally lethargic," Bacon said. "I couldn't get her to come around, she was dehydrated, she needed sugar. She was very sick."

Bacon says even she ended up getting sick, contracting a bacterial, intestinal infection that Chloe then tested positive for. Bacon believes the puppy's problems are a result of an unhealthy environment where she was bred.

We went to Hempstead's home to address those claims, but no one answered. The state has responded to a complaint Bacon made via e-mail, saying:

"Due to the current state budget, I'm afraid we will not be able to pursue this case. No new cases are being addressed at this time and to my dismay, it is very likely that the pet dealer program in itself will be abolished by 2011."

Now, Bacon's left with few options from trying to stop this from happening, since the state won't intervene and the breeder has taken no accountability.

"I'm very angry with her. Not because I had to spend a lot of money to get her healthy, but because she's doing this to animals. It shouldn't happen," Bacon said.

Troy's Animal Control department would only say that an investigation into this case is ongoing. They're encouraging anyone that may have purchased a dog at 92 Campbell Avenue, to please come forward.

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