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Petland Files Lawsuit Against Grove City


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Petland, a chain of retail pet stores across the U.S. and internationally, filed a lawsuit on March 23 against Grove City, Ohio, relating to the recent passage of an ordinance that prohibits the sale of dogs obtained by Petland from federally regulated and inspected breeders licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Petland opened its Grove City pet store, which sells live animals and a wide selection of pet products, in February and welcomed more than 2,000 local residents at its grand opening event. Before constructing and opening the store, Petland obtained a Special Use Permit from Grove City. The retail chain reported that the process for obtaining the permit included submitting information and answering questions from city staff and the city council regarding the types of animals that would be sold in the store as well as discussion about the sources from which Petland obtains its puppies. The city council voted to approve Petland’s Special Use Permit in early December 2015.

After the store opened, Grove City was lobbied by outside animal rights activists, and it enacted an ordinance that prohibits Petland from obtaining puppies from federally licensed and inspected kennels.

In an attempt to protect the investment Petland made with the city’s original approval, it filed a lawsuit in hopes that the courts will remedy the injustice created, the company stated.

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