Petland sues Grove City council member for defamation

FRANKLIN CO., Ohio (WCMH)–Petland, Inc. has sued Grove City council member Ted Barry for defamation, the company announced Wednesday.

The company said Barry “sought to vilify Petland” and sent untrue accusations about the company via email. Petland alleges that Barry called the company “those lying bastards” and said they are “not reputable,” according to the lawsuit.

Petland sued Grove City in late March, claiming Grove City reneged on a prior agreement they had with the city during the planning phase.

Grove City recently passed a bill outlawing the sale of animals from “high-volume breeders.” Instead, pet stores must either obtain animals or “display (cats and dogs) in cooperation with” an animal rescue, an animal shelter, and/or a humane society.” It will not go into effect until January 1, 2017. There is still some discussion over how this will be enforced and if current pet stores will have to abide by the law.

The 21-page lawsuit filed by Petland claims the new pet law eliminates the ability for their store to sell puppies and kittens, animals company officials say they purchase through USDA-licensed breeders.


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