PetSmart suspends bird sales in California, 45 other states
PetSmart Inc. has suspended bird sales at 775 stores in 46 states, including California, and pulled the animals from store displays.
The move came after the Phoenix, Ariz.-based pet retailer (NASDAQ: PETM) found an unusually high number of cases of psittacosis, a bacterial disease found in birds that can be spread to humans.
PetSmart spokesman Bruce Richardson said the disease was found in cockatiels from a Florida vendor. Richardson declined to name the vendor, but said PetSmart has pulled birds from stores served by that vendor across the United States.