17th April 15:37
Wizard of Claws
If you have purchased a dog from Wizard of Claws you may be interested
Feldman & Getz, LLP
155 NW 167th Street
MARCY I. LAHART, ESQ
Marcy I. LaHart, PA.
711 Talladega Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
December 12, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PUPPY STORE SUED FOR MISLEADING CUSTOMERS, SELLING SICK PUPPIES
(Pembroke Pines, FL) Two South Florida attorneys have filed a lawsuit
on behalf of customers that bought puppies from Wizard of Claws Inc.,
alleging that the Pembroke Pines pet store defrauds customers by
intentionally misrepresenting the origin of the puppies sold, and by
selling puppies that suffer from a wide array of health problems,
including contagious diseases and genetic disorders.
Although Wizard of Claws has told customers that their puppies were
imported from "reputable" breeders in South America, according to the
complaint filed yesterday Broward County Circuit Court, in reality the
puppies were obtained from large scale commercial breeding facilities
in Missouri, commonly known as a "puppy mills", where animal welfare
concerns are wholly secondary to profits.
Plaintiff Shannah Diaz of Miami purchased a Maltese puppy, "Prince,"
from Wizard of Claws on September 6, 2002 for $950.00. Prince
suffered from a congenital bleeding disorder, and died from internal
hemorrhaging when he was less than a year old. After Prince died, Diaz
began to suspect that Prince had come from a puppy mill, and asked a
Wizard of Claws. "They assured me that my puppy had come from a
reputable private breeder " Diaz .said, "but I later discovered that
my puppy had been shipped to Florida from a commercial breeder in
Missouri. " Wizard of Claws refused to reimburse any of Diaz's vet
According to the Humane Society of the United States, the do***ented
problems of puppy mills include overbreeding, inbreeding, minimal
veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of
socialization with humans, overcrowded cages, and the killing of
unwanted animals. To the unsuspecting consumer, this often means
buying a puppy facing an array of immediate veterinary problems or
harboring genetically borne diseases that may not be detected until
Wizard of Claws, which claims to specialize in "tiny, tea-cup size
puppies" sells puppies from its Pembroke Pines store and over the
Internet. Plaintiff Mary Ibarra of San Antonio, Texas ordered an
English Bulldog from Wizard of Claws, and knew that something was very
wrong with her new puppy moments after "Gracie" arrived from at the
San Antonio International Airport. Gracie, who had received a clean
bill of health from Wizard of Claws veterinarian of choice Dr. Jan
Bellows, walked on her wrists and she kept falling down on her back
legs. Gracie was soon diagnosed as suffering from severe hip dysplasia
with early onset arthritis. Gracie's hip sockets are so bad that they
do not have a cup to hold the ball of the joint, and she needs at
least two surgeries. If the surgeries are not successful Gracie will
have to be euthanized. Wizard of Claws refuses to assist with the
costs of the surgeries, or to even reimburse the $1200.00 Ibarra paid
for the pup.
The lawsuit, which alleges fraud, breach of warranty and multiple
counts of violating the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices
Act, asks that the plaintiffs be reimbursed for the purchase price of
their puppies as well as the veterinary expenses incurred as a result
of the purchase an unhealthy pup.
NOTE: Some of the victims of Wizard of Claws and other animal lovers
will be demonstrating outside the store at 9101Taft Street, Pembroke
Pines tommorow, Saturday, December 13th starting at 11:00 am.
Attorneys Mi Kim and Marcy LaHart will be present to answer any
questions concerning the case.
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17th April 15:37
Wizard of Claws
<snip a Duh No ****ing Kidding post>
Will the protestors be carrying big signs that read "We are ****ing
assholes who, being too stupid to live, bought dogs from a pet store"?