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Friday, April 21, 2017

Jury sides with Petco after 10-year-old dies from rat-bite fever

SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego jury has sided with Petco Animal Supplies in a lawsuit brought by the family of a 10-year-old boy who died after contracting an illness from a rat purchased from the pet retailer.

CBS affiliate KFMB-TV reports that on Thursday the jury found Petco was not negligent or liable in the death of Aidan Pankey on June 12, 2013, after he was rushed to a hospital with severe stomach pains.

The San Diego County medical examiner’s office ruled the cause of death was streptobacillus moniliformis infection, known as rat-bite fever, after exposure to an infected rat. Andrew Pankey, the boy’s father, then filed a lawsuit against Petco seeking $20 million in damages.

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that anything like cat scratch fever?

Anonymous said...

Always after someone else's money in the lawsuit lottery. With the helpful encouragement of scumbag lawyers. Oops redundant description, sorry.

Anonymous said...

Buyer beware.

Anonymous said...

The judge did not side with anybody; he merely stated what the law was and how it applied to this case.

Anonymous said...

Buying a rat can come with consequences. Who would want one anyway?

Anonymous said...

On these sort of dubious lawsuits, does anyone other the me think that there's something just really, really wrong about trying to get money off of the death of a loved one?
In the urban community, having a family member die in ANY police situation is like winning the lottery.
I most certainly feel badly for the family... But will 20 million dollars take away the incredible pain of losing a beautiful child?

Anonymous said...

No, it's nothing like cat scratch fever.

Anonymous said...

That was Ted Nugent's original working title 'Rat Scratch Fever'

Zorro said...

I agree with above....Who would buy their kid a rat????

Anonymous said...

You're quick.