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Dog Fur Found In Coat Calamity

Burlington Coat Factory recalled hundreds of winter parkas from its stores after discovering they were trimmed with the fur of dogs slaughtered in China.

The Burlington-based chain, which operates more than 250 stores nationwide, said it was duped by an Asian vendor who told the company the fur was coyote fur.

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"We are very upset about it," company spokesman Ric Bramboe said in an interview published Tuesday in The Home News Tribune of East Brunswick. "It is not our policy to sell domesticated animal fur. We asked for one product and were given something else from our vendor."

It was reported that the switch was uncovered after an investigator for the Humane Society of the United States went to China to probe the fur trade.

Many people are alleging that cat and dog fur from China and other countries makes its way into products sold in the United States, and that the animals are treated cruelly.

The Washington Post also had a report Tuesday about Burlington's recall. The Burlington Coat Factory spokesman said he does not know how many coats were shipped before the recall took effect last week. The company has not decided what to do about coats already sold to consumers.

"We'll make good somehow," Bramboe said.

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