Breeder who sold sick puppies barred from pet ownership

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey dog breeder accused of selling sick puppies from her home is now barred from owning pets.

The order was part of the sentence imposed Thursday on Suzie Bourdouvales. The 38-year-old Plainfield resident will also have to serve probation and pay $30,000 in restitution to her customers.

Bourdouvales had pleaded guilty in June to animal cruelty. Authorities say she bred and sold dogs, including many who died despite their new owners' efforts to save them.

Authorities searched Bourdouvales' home in March after a yearlong investigation. They found 19 puppies living in what authorities called "unsafe and unsanitary conditions."

The dogs seized from her home have been placed with animal rescue organizations.