SALISBURY, N.C. -- A 17-year-old high student who works at a puppy kennel was in court Tuesday to face three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.
Danielle Nicole Settineri works for Right Puppy on Old Union Road in Salisbury. The business is owned by her father, Kevin.
Arrest warrants say Settineri altered three different health certificates when customers purchased the pups online. Two of the incidents involve documents from the Randall Veterinary hospital in Mooresville and the Lenoir Veterinary hospital in Lenior.
In each incident customers were shipped what they thought was a particular type of puppy, only to unknowingly receive another. The pups came with the fake documentation from Right Puppy, officials say.
The Rowan County Sheriff's Office said the false documents came to light when one of the pups got sick and was taken to a vet. The vet informed the pet owners the pup they had was not what they thought. When police checked with the two vets on the forms they found out they were falsified.
Settineri was allowed to have an unsecured bond.