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* Christopher John Derek Ellis, Leeanna Rachelle Kamp Plead Not Guilty in Animal Cruelty Case

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A Dixon couple charged with animal cruelty in connection with the alleged sale of sick puppies, some which died days later, will have their $50,000 bail reviewed this morning in Solano County Superior Court. Christopher John Derek Ellis and his wife Leeanna Rachelle Kamp, both 29, have been charged with animal cruelty and illegal operation of online lotteries. The pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday. According to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, the
couple sold the puppies through their business, California Pets and Supply in Dixon, and via Some of the people who bought the puppies lost them to sickness soon after the sale and incurred immediate veterinary expenses, Solano County District Attorney David Paulson said in a news release. Buyers also relied on a misrepresentation of the animal’s health, pedigree, age and origin or purchased a lottery ticket from either California Pets and Supply or for either a “Yorkie Puppy Lotto” or a “Christmas Puppy Lotto” drawing, Paulson said. Residents of neighboring counties who purchased the puppies in Solano County at the storefront or in a store parking lot in Dixon also filed complaints, Paulson said. Ellis was under investigation in Placer County for similar complaints before relocating to Solano County and setting up his business in Dixon, Paulson said. Solano County Animal Control, Humane Animal Services, Solano SPCA and the Dixon Police Department also investigated the complaints, Paulson said. Solano SPCA President David Roth said in a statement on the organization’s Web site that the SPCA has 100 dogs and puppies seized from California Pets and Supply at its shelter and is holding them in quarantine. “This is the largest number of animals the SPCA has taken in any one day since the poodle rescue some 10 years ago,” Roth said. “With this increased pet population will come an extreme drain on or current resources, so we appeal to everyone for any donations possible, be it monetary or in goods such as puppy food, blankets, towels or kennel materials,” Roth said. No one will be allowed to view the puppies for now, Roth said. Paulson said, “At this time we do not yet know how many people may have been exposed to a diseased animal. We are concerned for anyone who may have entered the business in Dixon. “If they have other pets, we would encourage them to seek veterinary attention. We are also asking anyone who has suffered an economic loss at the hands of Ellis or Kamp to contact us as soon as possible,” Paulson said. The contact number is (707) 784-6859.

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