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Sanford bulldog saleswoman accused of forging health certificates

Suspect charged with animal health document fraud

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – State investigators and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office arrested a Sanford woman accused of forging health certificates for the dogs she sold online.

Tania Isabel Munoz is charged with animal health document fraud after an investigation conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement. 

Authorities said during February and March of 2017, Munoz sold two bulldogs to two different families.

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The first dog was sold for $1,332 and the second dog was sold for $1,500, according to investigators.

The dogs were sold with forged Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection forms, according to authorities.

These forms are required for all dog sales.

"He was in really bad health," said Kevin Lutker, who bought one of those dogs.

He told News 6 it was touch-and-go when it came to the health his dog, Cooper.

"He started getting lumps all over him, and we just noticed something wasn't right," he said.

He said Cooper got a cough and he eventually had to have surgery on his eyes and his throat.

Lutker said he even had to have a special talk with his children.

"If something happens to Cooper, then we'll recover, and we'll get a new dog," he said.

Lutker said he was glad Munoz was arrested. 

Munoz was booked into the Seminole County Jail on Tuesday, and she bonded out of jail Thursday.

She was not reachable for a comment.

According to court records, her next court date is scheduled for August, and if convicted, she could spend up to five years in prison.
 


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