Company Blames Ferguson Unrest for Pet Expo Cancellation

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Terri Ricket runs Ruff Life Rescue Wear, an online clothing company for dogs and humans alike.

The Sacramento Pet Expo was going to be a great opportunity for her.

"Of course the merchandise gets purchased. For my company, we're able to give donations to local rescues," Ricket told FOX40.

But that's all changed as the expo's website is now down.

Parent company Amazing Pet Expos sent out an email explaining that many of its employees live in or around Ferguson, Missouri and that their main offices are in a "flash point" area designated by the Army National Guard.

"The president of the company saying the show's been canceled due to the violence and unrest in Ferguson," said one vendor who asked to be anonymous  due to language in his contract. "Any negative comments against the company Amazing Pet Expos, we could face a $250 fine."

He wishes the company took his bottom line into consideration when they canceled on such short notice.

"We're a very small business, and it definitely took a hit to us to pay this money up front and all the extra inventory we're stuck with now because we can't take it to the show," the vendor told FOX40.

The vendor spent $450 to reserve a booth for his pet food company.

But Monday, he received another e-mail saying he'd get the money back within the next three to seven days.

Ricket said that was more of an answer than she got.

"She said that a refund will be going out and I should get an email to confirm that in a few hours and I still haven't received anything," Ricket said.

Ricket feels she's not getting the whole story.

She told FOX40 that online about 40 different would be vendors are talking back and forth, and rumors are that Amazing Pet Expos' offices may not be as close to Ferguson as they're implying.

"I know their exposition company was in Illinois not St. Louis," Ricket said.

FOX40 reached out to Amazing Pet Expos for comment on this story but the company has not responded yet.

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