Twenty-five small-breed puppies were removed from an Old Town Manassas pet shop Friday, after police determined the shop was not properly caring for them.
City of Manassas Police Department’s animal control section removed the puppies from Capital City Pups, 9021 Center St., on Friday, May 31, after receiving an earlier complaint about possible animal care issues, according to Officer Sarah Maroney, police spokeswoman.
The puppies have been relocated to the Manassas Animal Adoption Center, where they are being held until officials receive the court’s permission to place them up for adoption, Maroney said.
Police also charged the owner of Capital City Pups, Nathan Port, 39, of Annandale, and the shop’s manager, Anthony Zigmont, 28, of Manassas, in connection with the police raid.
Both face charges of inadequate animal care and were released on court summonses, Maroney said.
Police cannot provide specifics about the puppies’ care – or their condition -- because those details are being kept under wraps as part of the investigation, Maroney said.
“As for the conditions, all we can say is that they were unsanitary and in violation of what is required by code,” she said in an email.
Capital City Pups is located next to the Manassas City Hall. Its website is no longer active, and no one answered the phone there Tuesday afternoon.
The puppies’ current condition is not clear. Someone who answered the phone at the Manassas Animal Adoption Center Tuesday said workers there could not comment about the puppies or provide pictures.
The case is an unusual one for Manassas police, Maroney said.
“This is the first case we’ve had like this at least in recent memory,” she said.
City of Manassas Police are still investigating the shop and the puppies’ care. Anyone with additional information related to this case is asked to contact them at 703-257-8009.
The investigation is ongoing.