SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A couple faces a judge Friday for allegedly illegally having several guns in their home. The couple is also under investigation for beastiality.
Imperial K-9, a dog breeding and training business, was registered to 47-year-old Richard Patterson, according to state documents.
The business is currently under investigation by the police department and several complaints have been filed to the State Attorney General’s office.
“The Suffolk Police Department does currently have an active investigation underway and will not be commenting until such investigation has concluded,” said Spokesperson Diana Klink.
13News Now Investigates discovered Imperial K-9 was created in May 2016 and registered to Patterson.
As of Sunday, the registration was transferred to a different person and the business location was changed to a neighboring property.
The State Attorney General’s office is currently evaluating three open complaints against the business. “All complaints are evaluated and taken seriously,” said AG Press Secretary Lara Sisselman.
13News Now spoke with a woman who filed one of the complaints against Imperial K-9. She wanted to stay anonymous and said she thought she adopted a puppy of a retired military dog, but the story about the dog’s military connection was “completely fabricated.”
“It really makes me feel like we were taken advantage of,” said the woman. “We just don’t want this happening to anyone else ever again.”
According to the Better Business Bureau, a consumer watchdog organization, Imperial K-9’s profile “is being updated” and is currently unavailable.
13News Now asked BBB Hampton Roads President and CEO Rosemary Nye about the status of Imperial K-9 with the organization.
“The Better Business Bureau had previous information on this business on file,” said Nye. “The current business review is under update because recent information was brought to our attention that we are currently investigating.”
13News Now tried to view Imperial K-9’s website but it is was taken down.
In response to this investigation, Patterson’s attorney Andrew Sacks sent 13News Now this statement:
"This is absolutely false. The Pattersons' competitors are merely using this opportunity for their own selfish profit motives to kick a good family and a good business while it is down. Imperial has a long track record of high quality animals and outstanding service to its customers and none of these slanderous false accusations by a bunch of disgruntled competitors and mean-spirited detractors can change that truth. We and the Pattersons call upon such false naysayers to cease and desist such unfair and unlawful conduct immediately. Moreover, this case is about the alleged possession of illegal firearms, of which Mr. Patterson is totally innocent and has nothing to do with the quality of their outstanding kennel operations, the latter of which is nothing more than baseless character accusations."
In July, Patterson was indicted in Norfolk Federal District Court for allegedly possessing several firearms as a convicted felon. He is currently in custody at the Chesapeake City Jail on felony charges.
A trial date has been set for December 12.