Bloomberg Law
Oct. 24, 2022, 3:38 PM

PetSafe Shock Collars Falsely Touted as Safe, Dog Owner Alleges

Julie Steinberg
Julie Steinberg

PetSafe-brand shock collars are falsely marketed as “safe” and “harmless” tools for preventing unwanted behavior in dogs when they cause physical and psychological harm, a California dog owner says in a proposed class action against manufacturer Radio Systems Corp.

Radio Systems uses “neutral euphemisms” to describe what being electrocuted by a shock collar feels like for a pet, Steven Hernandez alleges in a suit filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California.

Among the most popular terms used to falsely describe a painful electric shock are “static correction,” “surprise,” “tickle,” and “stimulation,” according to the suit, ...