A Monroe County Supreme Court has ordered the former Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions, Inc. to distribute its assets to the Humane Society of Rochester and Lollypop Farm.

A Monroe County Supreme Court has ordered the former Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions, Inc. to distribute its assets to the Humane Society of Rochester and Lollypop Farm.

In May, the Attorney General obtained an order dissolving the Scottsville not-for-profit pet adoption center. The former pet adoption center has agreed to give-up its assets that were purchased from donations it received when it was as a not-for-profit organization. Based on the court order filed on Wednesday, Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions, Inc. will pay the Rochester Humane Society $28,366.

According to the Attorney General, the adoption center sold sick pets to consumers that died shortly after purchase. As a not-for-profit corporation, Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions, Inc. was not required to comply with minimum standards of animal care required by Agriculture and Markets Law section 410, which only apply to pet stores and commercial breeders.

Pet adopters also have no recourse under the so-called "Pet Lemon Law" when adopting from a not-for-profit corporation. The AG says the name "Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions" implies that the pets offered were fully screened and healthy. The adoption center is located in the same facility as Scottsville Veterinary Hospital, a for-profit business which is owned by Stephen R. Berghash, D.V.M., the incorporator and president of Scottsville Veterinary Adoption, Inc.

The Attorney General’s investigation revealed many instances of sick pets that were not diagnosed as sick and not quarantined. As a result, the AG says the adoption center sold sick pets that were supposedly examined and cleared by the veterinary hospital at the same facility.

As a result of the dissolution, the adoption center can no longer operate as a non-profit organization and from now on will be subject to inspections by the New York Agriculture and Markets department and comply with the New York Pet Lemon Law.