You shouldnt go forward without an atty in either venue, or you are asking to be slammed by Petco's attys. Consult with an atty in your area. Hate crimes/"criminal" negligence are criminal matters that the district attys office may pursue. Abuse of process is a very specific tort. if you proceed representing yourself, you will have to comply with all rules that attys must follow.
Be careful about pursuing defamation claims without legal advice. California has robust anti-SLAPP laws and you could wind up paying for the defendant's attorneys and legal costs if your case is determined not to be sound.
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I would retain an attorney, first and foremost!!! Then I would do everything to keep the case in State Court in most cases.
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