The Pankey family recently endured the loss of their 10-year-old son Aiden, but the circumstances of his death left the Pankeys and others questioning the practices of a popular pet store. Aiden had recently received a new pet rat from his grandmother, who bought the animal at Petco. Unbeknownst to the family, the rodent had rat-bite fever, which he then passed on to Aiden.
Aiden loved playing and cuddling with the creature, but two weeks after he contracted the disease, he died. Now his family is suing Petco, claiming they were negligent and knew harm could come to their customers.