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Janesville woman charged after allegedly selling virus-infected puppies

Janeville (WKOW) — A Janesville woman has been charged with animal mistreatment after selling puppies infected with the contagious and deadly parvovirus in January 2019, according to Rock County Court records.

Nicole Musick, 40, is charged with intentionally mistreating animals, a class A misdemeanor.

A Port Washington couple told the Rock County Sheriff’s Office that Musick sold two puppies to them that were infected with the virus.

One puppy needed to be euthanized and the other was successfully treated, according to the criminal complaint.  The couple reported that after the one puppy was euthanized, they contacted Musick and she told them that she would reimburse them.

A civil case from May 2018 also accuses Musick of selling a virus-infected puppy. Musick acknowledged that the puppy did have the parvovirus. Musick also told a Department of Consumer, Trade and Agriculture agent that there was another puppy that from the litter that was sold after the other puppies tested positive for the disease, according to complaint.  Several other puppies died as well, according to the criminal complaint.

Musick allegedly has more than 20 years experience with breeding dogs and has extensive knowledge of how dangerous parvovirus is and knows the required steps prevent transmission of the disease. However, according to the complaint, she chose not to take the appropriate actions to clean her facility.

If convicted, Musick faces up to a $10,000 fine and possible incarceration. Her next court date is July 3. Musick is also not allowed to be in possession of dogs, according to the conditions of her bond.

Sam Brink

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