Parakeet's death triggers court suit

April 01, 1992|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

A story that appeared in the April 1 Evening Sun failed to make clear that Marian Scarinzi's lawsuit against Docktor Pet Center at White Marsh Mall seeks damages resulting from an illness she says she contracted from a parakeet bought at the store. The Evening Sun regrets the error.

How much would you pay for a dead parakeet?

A Rossville woman, who contends her colorful pet bird dropped dead prematurely, says it's worth $100,000. She has filed suit against the pet store that sold it to her.

Marian Scarinzi doesn't want to talk about the death of her parakeet, but, in the suit filed March 20 in Baltimore County Circuit Court, she charges that she suffered physical pain and emotional anguish caused by its death.


John Controneo, manager of the Docktor Pet Center at White Marsh Mall, which sold her the bird three years ago, says this is the first parakeet lawsuit he's ever heard of.

"Our policy is to replace them, or to refund customers their money," he says.

Ms. Scarinzi did return the bird to the store the day after it died in March 1989 and she got a new one, according to her lawsuit. But that one died the next month, she said.

"I really don't want to discuss it," said Howard Grossfeld, Ms. Scarinzi's attorney. He insisted the suit is not "frivolous."

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