Monday, February 18, 2019

Petland Novi due in court

Pet store stonewalls buyers by refusing to provide complete 
answers to questions regarding its business practices

MEDIA ADVISORY: February 18, 2019

CONTACT: Pam Sordyl, 734-718-7100,

NOVI, MICHIGAN – The third Petland Novi civil case is headed for hearings on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 8:30 am at the Oakland County Circuit Courthouse (located at 1200 Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI) in the Honorable Judge Phyllis McMillen’s courtroom located on the third floor, room 3C.

According to court documents, a Northville family purchased a sick puppy that passed an antibiotic resistant Campylobacter infection on to the owner requiring time off of work and medical treatment. Link to press release.

The complaint (Doug Rose v Northlake Pets Inc, dba Petland Novi, Case No 2018-170078-NO) claims fraud, negligence and breach of contract as the dog was represented as healthy and fit for sale as a companion animal.

On Wednesday, the court will be hearing motions regarding Petland’s failure to provide answers to basic questions and repeated failure to provide deposition testimony.  These motions to compel were filed by the Haas & Goldstein law firm representing Plaintiffs Doug and Dawn Rose. The motion states “the Plaintiffs have been requesting dates for the depositions of Randy Horowitz who is the owner …, as well as, Alayna Markle and Melissa Norvakowski, …sales managers” and that the counsel for the defendants “refused to provide dates”.

The motion also states that the counsel for the defendants “refused to provide complete discovery responses...” and that “the Plaintiffs need such documents and information to adequately prepare for cross examinations of witnesses, case evaluations and trial”.

“It is clear the counsel for the defendants (Petland Novi), is engaging in a discovery shell game and purposely attempting to thwart Plaintiffs right to discovery. “
Members of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan will be attending the hearings. Link to Facebook event

Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan recommends families adopt their next pet from their local shelter or Michigan Certified foster-based animal rescue organization - many of whom specialize in specific breeds.

Learn more about Puppy Mill Awareness.


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