Closed celebrity puppy store slapped with $4.8 million judgment

August 5, 2009 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

Great news for a Wednesday, from the NBC affiliate in L.A:

A $4.8 million default judgment awarded to former customers of a now-closed Bel Air pet store should help deter similar businesses from selling sick animals from puppy mills, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said Tuesday.

A lawsuit against Pets of Bel Air — where customers reportedly included such celebrities as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Demi Moore and Denise Richards — was filed in December 2007 in Los Angeles County Superior Court. It alleged the store sold puppies that later became sick or died because they were bred in so-called puppy mills.

The complaint alleged Pets of Bel Air “sold … puppies for a premium price and thereby duped California consumers out of millions of dollars.”

Judge John P. Shook approved the default judgment last Wednesday after the defendants ignored court orders to turn over business documents to the plaintiffs and respond to motions in the case.

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