The city of San Jose is suing the owners of the Craigslist pet ads

By Matt Breen, The American ConservativesSan Jose, Calif.

(AP) The city is suing a pet store owner and a Craigslist company that runs pet ads for the homeless and has been accused of violating the law by listing pets for sale on the site.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the San Jose-based Humane Society of San Francisco says the owner of the Petco Pet Center violated state and federal laws by listing animals for sale as pets.

The city says it has also asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate.

San Jose is asking the judge to issue an injunction prohibiting the owner, Larry and Julie Zirman, from selling or listing pets or soliciting buyers for them on the website until the lawsuit is resolved.

The city also wants a judge to order Petco to immediately cease soliciting customers for pets, or to pay the Zirmans a $3,000 civil penalty.

The complaint says the Zirsmans violated the Fair Housing Act and that they violated state law by using Craigslist as a place to sell pets.

San Francisco’s attorney general has called the Zircmans’ actions illegal and said the city is going after them as well as a group of other pet owners who are also suing.

San Jose filed its lawsuit in San Jose Superior Court in San Francisco.

Petco declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The San Jose city attorney’s office is reviewing the complaint and the city’s response to it.