Wednesday, March 25, 2009
On Monday, March 16, a class action lawsuit was finally filed against Petland
Inc., alleging the pet store chain is a distributor of "factory-produced"
puppies, and that it conspired to sell unhealthy puppy mill puppies in several
states to unknowing consumers. The suit was brought with the help of The Humane
Society of the United States.
The suit claims that Petland's marketing of the puppies "violated federal law
and numerous state consumer protection laws by misleading thousands of consumers
across the country into believing the puppies sold in Petland stores are healthy
and come from high-quality breeders." According to interview between the Ohio
media outlet the Chilco Gazette, and Jonathan Loworn, vice president and chief
counsel for Animal Protection Litigation at The Humane Society of the United
States, Petland put profits before the health of the puppies.
"Families often bear the great expense of veterinary treatment for sick and
unhealthy dogs, or the terrible anguish of losing a beloved family pet," Lovvorn
said. "This industry has been systematically lying to consumers for years about
the source of the dogs they sell, and it's long past time for a reckoning."
Members of the class action are seeking a full refund of all the monies they
paid for puppies purchased at Petland, and "consequential damages resulting from
Defendant's fraudulent conduct, interest thereon and any amount by which
Defendants have been unjustly enriched, plus treble damages and any additional
relief to which they may be entitled under state consumer protection laws ..."
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