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Federal prison term for dog dealing closes sordid chapter in PA history

Quote: (follow link above to read Amy Worden's article on Philly Dawg site)
"A federal judge in Harrisburg yesterday sentenced a Pennsylvania man to six months in federal prison for illegally trafficking dogs for medical research. This was not just another case on the docket; it marked the end of a sordid chapter in Pennsylvania history, a time when shady characters known as "bunchers" gathered stray dogs and cats from the street - and many times snatched them from yards and answered "Free to Good Home Ads" pretending to offer a comfy place for someone's unwanted pet. In fact they were operated like junk dealers taking animals to middlemen like the Martins who possessed the golden federal license that allowed them to sell animals to research labs. The Martins and others sold dogs at huge profit to the world's top medical facilities among them Johns Hopkins and Columbia University. University of Pennsylvania once got its dogs and cats from dog dealing kingpin Sam Esposito, who ran the infamous Quakertown Farms, where he bought and sold thousands of animals collected from auctions, pound seizures and theft from throughout the mid-Atlantic and South. For more on the history of dog trafficking, including in Pennsylvania, read the landmark book, Stolen for Profit by Judith Reitman. She also wrote a gripping piece in 2000 on dogs stolen for research in The Atlantic, From the Leash to the Laboratory."
 
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