[From today's San Francisco Chronicle.]
PETCO SETTLES SUITS ON ANIMAL TREATMENT
San Francisco -- Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. has agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle lawsuits brought by San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, San Diego and Los Angeles counties that accused the company of mistreating animals and overcharging customers.
In the settlement with Marin, San Mateo, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, the company agreed to pay $550,000 in civil penalties, $101,754 in investigation costs and $202,500 to install improved pricing accuracy equipment in its California stores, the Marin district attorney's office said Thursday.
Petco also agreed to implement a daily animal care procedure in its California stores.
The San Diego pet retailer reached a separate settlement with San Francisco, agreeing to pay the city $50,000 and abide by an 18-month injunction requiring the company to refer sick or injured animals to medical care, allow for independent veterinary checks of animals and start specialized training for new workers. The company did not admit wrongdoing in either lawsuit.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued Petco two years ago, seeking to block the company from selling live animals after Petco allegedly failed to respond to citations alleging illegal treatment of pets at stores on Bryant Street and Sloat Boulevard. --Katia Hetter
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