Challenging Petland’s Business Practices (Racketeering Class Action)
Rosalba Cisneros v Petland, Inc
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a class action lawsuit against Petland alleging Petland violated the federal RICO Act and Georgia RICO Act.
Appeals briefing complete
November 20, 2019
In 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a class action lawsuit against Petland, a national pet store chain, alleging Petland violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act and Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Petland puppy purchaser representing a putative nationwide class of her fellow consumers — people who bought puppies and kittens from Petland and were victimized by Petland’s predatory business practices.
The lawsuit alleges that Petland charges premium prices for puppies and kittens the chain “certifies” to be healthy — as claimed by Petland’s veterinarians — when in fact Petland knows full well it is selling animals prone to illnesses and other defects, due to their sourcing from puppy and kitten mills.
The lawsuit also contends that Petland further inflates the animals’ price with phony services and warranties that exist only to line the company’s pockets, not benefit consumers or their dogs.
Ask your state legislators to support a bill that would prohibit people convicted of animal abuse from possessing animals for at least five years after their release from custody.September 19, 2019 Action Alert
Animal protection coalition asks court to invalidate California Fish and Game Commission regulation for violating the California Environmental Quality Act.September 10, 2019 Press Release
Ask your state legislators to provide an opportunity for dogs and cats used in research to find loving homes once their time in a research laboratory has come to an end by supporting An Act Protecting Research Animals.September 4, 2019 Action Alert
Klein v. Barbour County Commission
Volar Society v. Barks Adoptions
Support for HB 1476