The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed an appeal after its federal lawsuit against Petland was dismissed, a case that began in Kennesaw when a woman claimed her dog died just one week after she purchased it at the store.
"The Animal Legal Defense Fund respectfully disagrees with the court’s conclusion that such a fraudulent scheme is not actionable under the Federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act," a spokesperson for the organization said. "The Animal Legal Defense Fund is therefore appealing that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit so that its client the thousands of other customers wronged by Petland can have their injuries redressed."
The 2017 class action lawsuit alleged Petland is defrauding customers by selling them sick puppies from puppy mills, all at premium prices.
Angella Zambrano said her mother paid $3,500 for a Shih Tzu puppy that the store certified was healthy. The dog died one week later.