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Florida Shuts Down Jacksonville Puppy Mill

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File photo of an English bulldog. (photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of an English bulldog. (photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has frozen assets and halted the operations of what officials say was a large English bulldog puppy mill in Jacksonville.

Attorney General Pam Bondi said Wednesday a judge temporarily shut down the business and froze the mill’s assets while officials seek restitution for consumers.

Accused are Brooke Roque, Anthony Roque, Glenda Roque, Kassaundra Buttram and Michelle Echols, who authorities say sold the dogs on websites.

The businesses were named Remarkabull, Five Star Bulldogs, Grand Bulldogs, Matrix Bulldogs and Brook’s Bullies.

Bondi says more than 700 English bulldogs were sold for more than $1 million total, and that the five lied about the health and pedigree of the animals.

Bondi says consumers were misled by claims the animals had valid health certificates and were certifiable with the American Kennel Club.

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