Petco wants strict proof from woman seeking $1M for slipping in dog urine

David Yates Jul. 31, 2013, 3:47pm

Petco Animal Supplies has answered a lawsuit brought by Gloria Robinette, who claims she slipped in a puddle of dog urine while shopping at the pet store in Beaumont nearly two years ago. 

As previously reported, on April 22 Robinette, seeking more than $1 million in damages, filed suit against Petco Animal Supplies Stores in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the company failed to warn her of the dangerous condition.

Court records show that on May 21 Petco answered the suit, asserting a general denial and demanding strict proof.

The lawsuit alleges that on June 11, 2011, Robinette was shopping at the Petco off Dowlen Road “when she slipped in dog urine, causing her to fall.”

Petco allows pet owners to bring their leashed animals inside while shopping.

“Plaintiff would show that the defendant owed a duty to the general public … to use ordinary care, including to protect and safeguard plaintiff from unreasonably dangerous conditions on the premises or warn of their existence,” the suit states.

The suit further accuses Petco of negligently failing to inspect and maintain its premises.

Robinette is also suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Jonathan Juhan represents her.

Houston attorney David Knight represents the defendant.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B194-263

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