NOVI, Mich. – A man from Northville was hospitalized after buying a sick puppy at the Petland store located at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, according to Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan.
Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is an organization that is working to put an end to puppy breeding facilities and to protect the families of peddlers, pet stores and puppy breeders.
Doug Rose sues Petland after buying a puppy infected with Campylobacter and being hospitalized for multidrug-resistant infection, according to a statement.
Rose said that he had gone through several weeks of medical expenses.
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The family has purchased a Beagle-Pug mixture named Thor, diagnosed with upper respiratory infection, parasites, coccidia and giardia by a veterinary clinic in Farmington Hills, officials said. The same veterinary clinic has approved the puppy's health at the store, according to Puppy Mill Awareness.
Petland did not pay Thor's medical expenses, according to the release.
In January 2018, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated a Campylobacter epidemic in several states. The CDC accounted for 99% of the cases at puppy stores and a majority of victims reported having contact with Petland puppies.
113 cases were examined in 17 states and 23 people were hospitalized, officials said. Abdominal pain, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are symptoms of Campylobacter.
The Rose puppy came from a commercial kennel, but could have been infected at different points in the distribution chain, according to Puppy Mill Awareness.
In February, 17 people filed a lawsuit against Petland in Novi and nine more families filed a second lawsuit against the store in April after buying puppies at the store.
According to Puppy Mill Awareness, puppies had a range of problems, including genetic defects, infections and some contagious diseases.
Rose's complaint was filed at the Oakland County Circuit Court.
"Cities must promote human economic models and encourage families to adopt their local shelter or Michigan-certified animal rescue organization, many of which specialize in specific breeds," said Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan.
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