Chattanooga: Pet Company can reopen if problems fixed, judge rules

Chattanooga: Pet Company can reopen if problems fixed, judge rules

June 30th, 2010 by Kate Belz in Local - Breaking News

The Pet Company has two weeks to fix the problems at its Hamilton Place store before it can sell animals again, a judge ruled today.

However, Chattanooga City Judge Sherry Paty ruled that the store must pass an inspection by officials from the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture before sales can resume.

The 82 animals seized on June 15 from the store will not be returned to Hamilton Place but will be sent to other Pet Company stores, the judge ruled.

The store was hit with 90 City Code violations, including many tied to animal cruelty. City and state officials were trying to get the store's license revoked.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.