Jun 2, 2010 11:15 PM by Chris Welty
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors in five California counties say
Petco Animal Supplies Inc. has agreed to pay $1.75 million to
settle a lawsuit alleging the company overcharged customers and
improperly cared for animals it offered for sale.
Petco doesn't admit liability in an agreement a San Diego judge
signed Wednesday. But the company says it will promptly remove
expired price tags from shelves, change the way some animals are
cared for, and pay civil penalties and costs submitted by
prosecutors and investigators.
The retailer agreed to annual third-party audits to ensure
District attorneys in Los Angeles, San Diego, Marin, San Mateo
and Santa Barbara counties filed the lawsuit in San Diego, where
Petco is based.
Among the allegations, inspectors found that some habitats for
birds, fish and reptiles were not properly cleaned.