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* Christopher Derek Ellis and Leanna Kamp a Solono couple get probation for animal cruelty

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A Dixon couple was sentenced in Solano County Superior Court today to probation for animal cruelty in connection with the sale of sick,high-priced dogs and puppies.Christopher Derek Ellis, 29, was sentenced to four years probation and 270 days in the Solano County jail, his attorney Phil McCarthy said this afternoon. Ellis received credit for 240 days already served and will spend an additional 30 days in jail, but he is a Canadian citizen and might be deported, McCarthy said.Ellis pleaded no contest in February to one felony count of animal cruelty.His wife Leanna Kamp was sentenced to three years probation and to the five days she has already served in jail, her attorney William Bernheim said. She pleaded no contest in February to misdemeanor animal cruelty.Ellis also was ordered not to engage in business related to the sale of live animals and Kamp was prohibited from selling dogs, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office said.The defendants also must pay $69,941.02 in restitution to the victims, including Humane Animal Services, SPCA and Solano County Animal Care and Control, the district attorney’s office said. The SPCA’s animal shelter in Vacaville assumed care of the 100 confiscated dogs and puppies.Ellis and Kamp were charged with animal cruelty, grand theft, conspiracy to commit grand theft,illegal operation of online lotteries and with child cruelty because of the condition of their home. All the charges except animal cruelty were dismissed at sentencing.The couple sold the puppies in 2008 and 2009 through their business, California Pets & Supply in Dixon and via Kamp and Ellis were ordered to shut down their Web site as part of their sentencing.Some of the people who bought the puppies lost them to disease or sickness soon after the sale and incurred immediate veterinary expenses, Solano County District Attorney David Paulson said in a news release announcing the Dec. 17 arrests.Buyers also relied on a misrepresentation of the animals’ health,pedigree, age and origin or purchased a lottery ticket from either California Pets & Supply or for either the Yorkie Puppy Lotto or 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.The Solano County District Attorney’s Office said today it will contact the victims concerning their previously submitted restitution claims.

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