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Lawsuit: Man Claims He Contracted Illness From Dog Bought At Petland In Novi

November 29, 2018 - 8:06 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A local man is suing a Novi pet store after he was laid up for a month from an illness he contracted from his dog.

His attorney Jennifer Measel says Doug Rose's Beagle Pug mix called Thor began vomiting after a day and a half after he brought him home from Petland in Twelve Oaks Mall.  It wasn't long before Rose himself became very ill.

"The dog was playing with him and the dog began vomiting and Doug came in contact with it," says Measel, "within a day or so he began having horrible symptoms that we kind of like food poisoning.

"Diarrhea, vomiting, couldn't get out of bed for, probably, over a month ... when he finally went to the doctor they diagnosed him with an antibiotic-resistant strain of Campylobacter infection."

Measel says there's no legal requirement for Petland to test for the disease but they were warned of the outbreak by the CDC and that fact that it had been traced to dogs at Petland.

"They did trace the vast majority of the cases to a person that was either exposed from a dog at Petland or close to a person that was exposed to the dog at Petland," says Measel. 

Rose is seeking damages, including lost wages and medical costs.

In January, the CDC, several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) investigated a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicated that contact with puppies sold through Petland stores were a likely source of this outbreak. This outbreak investigation is over. Illnesses could continue to occur because people may be unaware of the risk of Campylobacter infections from puppies and dogs.

A total of 113 people with laboratory-confirmed infections or symptoms consistent with Campylobacter infection were linked to this outbreak. Illnesses were reported from 17 states.