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TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | Puppy Experience owner Scott Kaphan in 2006.

A local pet store owner died in a Riverhead motel room Saturday morning after he was found not breathing, Riverhead Town police said.

Police said the man’s death “does not appear to be suspicious,” according to a press release issued Monday afternoon.

A man tried to wake Scott Kaphan, 42, of Hampton Bays in a room at the Swiss Motel on West Main Street about 11:09 a.m. when he found Mr. Kaphan was not breathing, according to a police report.

The man called 911 and a police officer who arrived on the scene found Mr. Kaphan — the owner of the Puppy Experience on Main Road in Aquebogue — was unresponsive and had no pulse, the release states.

Police said resuscitation efforts “were not warranted,” and Mr. Kaphan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Riverhead detectives and the Suffolk County Medical Examiners Office investigated the scene and took Mr. Kaphan’s body to be autopsied.

His cause of death is unknown at this time and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

An employee at the Swiss Motel declined comment Monday afternoon.

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JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Animal Rights Activists protesting outside Puppy Experience on Main Road in Aquebogue in August.

To the Editor:

I usually read the letter section in the News Review. I was surprised to see a short letter that seemed to indicate a small business on Main Road in Aquebogue to be sub-standard.

My previous dealings with the Puppy Experience seems to be quite the opposite. I hadn’t been in the store for years, so I decided to conduct a surprise inspection. The store was immaculate. The dogs appeared to be content as well as properly fed. Their cages were clean and neat. As an animal lover myself, I was pleased with my findings. I don’t know if any of those dogs were from a puppy mill as they all were in a good state of being.

My last experience with the Puppy Experience was about two years ago when I assisted traffic on Main Road for an automobile accident.

A lady who was involved in the accident had a toy poodle in the car with her. She was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for minor injuries. The owner of the Puppy Experience took care of her dog until she left the hospital at no charge.

The entire staff is very friendly and courteous. Sometimes I wish everyone was like this.

Frederick Rodgers, Aquebogue

Read more Letters to the Editor in this week’s Riverhead News-Review available on newsstands or by clicking for the E-Paper.