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ABC Action News reports that a Tampa woman is in tears after purchasing a puppy from a Largo pet store.

The report says that Janet Granell has racked up thousands of dollars in veterinarian bills after her new puppy nearly died a week after she brought it home.

Granell claims that her little French bulldog puppy “Maleficent” stopped eating within a week after she brought the pup home from Petland in Largo.

Ms. Granell is quoted as saying…

“This has been a total and complete nightmare,”

ABC28 reports that Vet bills for Maleficent show that the pup was treated for pneumonia. That bill alone cost Granell more than $1,600, just to save the animal’s life. And according to Granell, the vet discovered that the pup also had birth defects including a broken tail and a “cherry eye”, (a third eyelid). Both of these defects will require surgery and could cost as much as another $6,000.

Florida does have a Pet Lemon Law, which requires the seller to pay the vet bills, “up to the full price of the puppy”, if they get sick within two weeks of leaving the store. Granell paid nearly $8,000 for this little puppy. But Granell claims Petland’s insurer has offered to pay only $400 of her vet bills.

Petland told ABC Action News in an email:

Petland has been in constant communication with Janet Granell to address her needs. We are always heartbroken when pets don’t live up to the expectations of new owners as Petland is in the business of providing loving companions for our customers. Accordingly, we are covering Ms. Granell’s vet bills to an extent above and beyond what the law requires because we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure customer happiness.


ABC News says that Petland claims it has had trouble with it’s insurance company settling these types of claims. After the latest complaint, the company’s lawyer said it now plans to switch insurers.

If you live here in Florida and have had similar issues like this, you can file a complaint under the state’s Pet Lemon Law HERE:

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