SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills were among the protesters gathered outside the Little Paws Pet Store in Scarborough Saturday.
The Maine Animal Welfare Program put the Little Paws Pet Store under quarantine after one of its puppies tested positive for the parvo virus, a highly infectious and potentially fatal affliction.
While protesters accused the pet store of working with puppy miills, Little Paws owner Barbara Cross denies it.
"We are just counter protesting for the first time ever, just saying these are happy, healthy dogs, owned by different owners, that have little paws puppies and are happy with their little paws puppies," said Cross.
She said out of the 600 dogs the store sold this year, two tested positive for parvo virus.
The puppy in the most recent case is being treated at an emergency vet clinic in Portland.
Cross, and the Little Paws co-owner, have put the pet store up for sale.