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S. F. Files Suit Against Petco

The San Diego Union-Tribune (CA), June 20, 2002


San Francisco has sued San Diego-based Petco Animal Supplies Inc. for allegedly keeping dead or poorly cared for animals on the shelves at two San Francisco locations. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said inspectors and customers found sick and dead birds, a dead moldy turtle and a dead toad at the Petco stores. Herrera is seeking a court order blocking Petco stores from selling animals in the city.

"What was most disturbing was the fact that the cruelty and pattern of brazen violations of San Francisco health and safety standards continued over three years," Herrera said. A Petco spokesman said he was surprised by the city's lawsuit since the company's regional managers regularly visit stores to perform spot inspections.


Petco Settles Suit Alleging Abuse, Overcharging, May 27, 2004
Petco has agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle a consumer protection lawsuit alleging abuse and overcharging. The company admits no wrongdoing, but will pay more than $800,000. The suit alleged that Petco overcharged customers for advertised sale items and cared for animals improperly. A quarter of the settlement will pay to install new pricing equipment in stores across the state.

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