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SANTEE, CA — A federal lawsuit has been filed against several puppy stores in San Diego and Riverside counties, as well as an allegedly fake Missouri-based animal rescue organization accused of taking part in an illegal puppy mill operation, adding to existing litigation claiming the stores fraudulently label their dogs as rescues.
Plaintiffs' attorneys say the Salinas-owned stores obtain their puppies through the similarly named Missouri-based Pet Connect Rescue Inc. Defense attorney George Najjar, who represents Salinas' stores, said the case was "completely without merit" and said he may pursue Rule 11 sanctions against the plaintiffs, which can be imposed against parties who submit pleadings that contain frivolous arguments. In prior lawsuits, customers alleged they purchased what they were told were rescue puppies from Salinas-owned stores, only to have purchased a dog that was actually from a puppy mill.
The dogs were often were riddled with illnesses — sometimes leading to death — due to being bred in poor conditions, according to prior litigation. A preliminary injunction was ly obtained by animal-rights organizations against National City Puppy, also owned by Salinas, which was ordered to shutter earlier this year in light of similar allegations. In the latest complaint, the plaintiffs allege the stores have remained open for business during the coronavirus pandemic despite a statewide "stay at home" order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom to all but essential services.
While pet stores are exempt from closure due to Newsom's Thursday order, the lawsuit alleges the Pups and pets santee ca continued operation "is putting the public at risk as well as continuing to defraud consumers into believing they are supporting 'rescues' during this difficult time by buying a puppy. The complaint alleges that the stores' operation during the pandemic puts the public at increased risk of the spread of multi-drug-resistant Campylobacter infections, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says has been linked to puppies purchased from pet stores.
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