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Petco sued over California boy's rat-bite fever death

 Petco sued over California boy's rat-bite fever death

Many Los Angeles residents would argue pets are not property or products but, in fact, many laws categorize animals that way. Companies who sell pets are as responsible for product deficiencies as much as businesses that manufacture inanimate objects. Defective products that harm or kill consumers can be the product maker or seller's fault.

A California boy wished for a pet rat. The 10-year-old was hoping for a male rat so the female rat he already owned could have a spouse. Last May, the child's grandmother granted his wish by purchasing the "groom" at a San Diego Petco.

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