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Dog owner sues local pet shop in small claims court

Posted at 3:50 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 21:58:02-04

Animal Kingdom Pet Shop is facing another lawsuit.

Jen Toste purchased “Lola” the Goldendoodle at Animal Kingdom for $2,100 in July of 2018.

She claims that soon after, the dog started suffering from major medical issues, including bilateral hip dysplasia.

Toste says Lola has undergone two surgeries and will likely need several more and that her medical costs have totaled more than $17,000.

Animal Kingdom has reportedly reimbursed Toste for about $2,900.

She is now taking the pet shop owners to court, asking for $10,000 in damages. The small claims trial is set for this Friday.

Animal Kingdom is also facing a lawsuit filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Volar Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals alleging the store is involved in a “puppy laundering scheme.”

Earlier this month, Animal Kingdom announced on Facebook that it is getting out of the puppy-selling business.

Animal Kingdom has stores in Pismo Beach, Grover Beach and Santa Maria. According to an employee at the Santa Maria store, that location will be closing on Thursday and any remaining merchandise will be moved to the Grover Beach store.

KSBY News has reached out to Animal Kingdom for comment.