There aren't many parents in Southbury who would allow their 10-year-old child to be alone with a tiger, even if it was being kept as a pet. While not many people in Connecticut have such large, dangerous pets, the point is that parents know not to expose their children to dangerous situations. Parents may not, however, think that leaving their children alone with cats, fish or even small dogs would be that dangerous, but what about pet rats?
One out-of-state family likely thought nothing of allowing their 10-year-old son to have a second rat after his grandmother bought him one as a companion for his first rat, but that rat ended up causing their son's death. Now, the parents are suing Petco, the company that sold the rat, claiming it was negligent to sell such a dangerous animal.