SOUTHINGTON - A Southington woman has been charged with selling an unlicensed dog to a woman before the puppy was old enough to be sold.
Sherri Privitera, 50, turned herself in this week on charges of failure to comply with dog ownership requirements, and importing a dog or cat without a health certificate.
According to police, Privitera sold a Chihuahua that she had bred to someone and it was later discovered that the dog had a potentially fatal congenital defect. The dog ultimately had to be euthanized.
Two veterinarians that examined the dog before it died believed it was about 5 weeks old. Dogs must be 8 weeks old before they can be sold.
During the investigation, police said, it was discovered that the dogs Privitera bred at her home were not licensed.
Privitera has been released on a $500 non-surety bond. She is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Jan. 8.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.