April 2018: A federal judge dismissed the complaint finding that plaintiffs failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted.

July 2017: A false advertising class-action lawsuit was filed against Petland, Inc. Among other things, the complaint alleges that the pet store franchise:

  • falsely certifies puppies and kittens as healthy and checked by veterinarians when, according to plaintiffs, Petland gets animals from mills and many of them have infectious diseases and other health issues that are not diagnosed by Petland inspections;
  • fails to disclose that the veterinarians it uses are paid in order to certify animals as healthy; and
  • requires customers to sign a contract agreeing to contact PAWSitive and use Petland “preferred veterinarians” for the health needs of their pets when, according to plaintiffs, PAWSitive is an affiliate of Petland and “preferred veterinarians” are paid to act in the best interests of Petland instead of customers and pets.

(Cisneros et al v. Petland, Inc., BKG Pets, Inc., Pets BKG LLC, PAWSitive Solutions, Inc., Case No. 17-cv-2828, S.D. Ga.)

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