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Puppy Results in a Lawsuit

NEW CITY, N.Y. (CN) - A Rockland couple wants a refund because their Maltese puppy peed in the house. The couple says the store sold them the dog with promises that it was "litter box trained." The couple says that history proved otherwise.

Mark and Meryl Abrahams say they paid a $300 deposit to Jane Witthohn dba Love on a Leash dba Kuddle Bug Puppy for Maya, a supposedly "litter box trained" Maltese puppy.

Within 24 hours, Maya demonstrated that that was not the case, but the pet store assured the Abrahams that given time, "the dog would be 'accustomed' and 'acclimated' to the plaintiffs' home," according to the complaint.

The Abrahams say they returned Maya 4 days after taking her home, but the defendants refused to give them a refund.

They say that Witthohn banks on customers' affection for puppies "to perpetrate a scheme to defraud."

"The defendant intentionally delivered the puppy to the plaintiffs despite the puppy not being as represented, knowing that the plaintiffs would develop a bond and affection for the animal and would therefore be reluctant to reject the same after the puppy had been in the plaintiffs' home," according to the complaint.

The Abrahams demand $2,200: the $1,500 purchase price and the cost of a veterinary examination, dog food and a litter box.

They are represented in Rockland County Court by Samuel Newman.

Maltese, a toy breed, were mentioned by Aristotle and are believed to have been depicted on a Greek amphora made in about 500 B.C.

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