SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--Petco was found not liable and not guilty in the death of 10-year-old boy who contracted rat bite fever from a pet rat purchased at the store.
But the fight may not be over.
John Gomez, an attorney for the victim's family, said they will appeal the decision and take the data they collected to the legislature and Centers for Disease and Control Prevention to fight for changes.
The family wants Petco to adopt stricter policies to ensure no other family went through what their family went through.
But Petco's attorney, Kimberly Oberrecht, argued that there are risks in owning any pet and pointed to the liability release Sharon Pankey signed.
"I release Petco from any and all responsibility related to illness, injury or damage that may occur from exposure to my pet," Oberrecht said it read.
Sharon still plans to continue advocating for changes.
"The difference between a healthy rat and a safe rat, that's what we're pushing to get more attention given to," she said. "The message I got today if we get this response from the jury, I'm not so sure getting a response from the legislature was going to be that effective-- that was a big buyer beware response that I got."
@10News jury finds in favor of Petco NOT NEGLIGENT AND NOT GUILTY in death of 10yo boy.