Pet store sued for 'knowingly' selling sick dogs

Pet owners are claiming puppies sold by a local store were sick and in some cases, died.

The owners of nearly a dozen dogs are suing a Macomb County pet store, claiming that it knowingly sold them sick animals.

One look at little Donut and Litttle Dogz customer Jennifer Raleigh and her family knew they had to take him home.

"He appeared healthy in the crate he shared with his brother," Raleigh said.

But when the family says they purchased the pet from David and Shelly Myers who own Little Dogz, they say what they did not know is that Donut was very sick.

"You have 48 hours, according to their rules to take him to the vet," Raleigh said. "And he had ear mites and intestinal worms as well." 

She says Donut is on medication and appears to be getting better. 

But not everyone who purchased a dog from the couple was lucky. One woman had to have her pet euthanized.

"We purchased a dog from Little Dogz at Gibraltar Trade Center," said Sandra Bonello. "I'm going to start crying." 

Bonello purchased a dog she called Maggie Mae last year. But a few days after bringing the pet home she knew something was wrong.

"She was  pooping blood, so we took her to the vet," Bonello said. "She was suffering."

That's when she decided the best option was to put her dog to sleep 

Both women say they got little help from the owners of the pet store. 

So they decided to contact Attorney Jenifer Measel who is now representing several people who say they also purchased infected pets from Little Dogz

"It ranges from genetic problems due to inbreeding, over breeding and puppy mill conditions when these dogs were bred," Measel said. "Liver shunts, genetic hernias, we also have an outbreak of parvovirus that happened at the trade center last year. It is a highly contagious, dangerous disease that affects dogs in from close quarters."

The lawsuit accuses the owners of Little Dogz of fraud.

"The plaintiffs in this case are looking for redress," Measel said. "For the wrongs they feel happened to them in regards to purchasing their dogs." 

Fox 2 went to Little Dogz in Mount Clemens for some answers but the shop was closed.

We also reached out to the attorney representing the store owners and calls were not returned.

But Measel believes there are more victims out there and that this could become a class action lawsuit.

"At this point we are looking for others to join litigation," she said.

Bonello says she wants Little Dogz to close its doors for good

"I want her shut down," she said.
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