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Section 1: 3 (FORM 3 SUBMISSION)

Ownership Submission
FORM 3
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 17(a) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
  Lynch William Lawrence
2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (Month/Day/Year)
02/13/2018
3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
CENTRAL GARDEN & PET CO [CENT]
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
1340 TREAT BLVD, SUITE 600
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
_____ Director _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
Senior Vice President
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
(Street)

WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597-7578
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Class A Common Stock 44,643(1)
D
 
Units 188.2611
I
By 401(K) Plan(2)

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Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(Month/Day/Year)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   (3) 01/20/2023 Class A Common Stock 19,590 $30.94 D  
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   (4) 01/19/2024 Class A Common Stock 16,516 $36.7 D  

Reporting Owners

Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Lynch William Lawrence
1340 TREAT BLVD
SUITE 600
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597-7578
      Senior Vice President  

Signatures

/s/William L Lynch 02/21/2018
**Signature of Reporting Person Date

Explanation of Responses:

* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 5(b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
(1) Restricted shares of Class A Common Stock were granted on August 2, 2016 and shall vest in annual increments of 33 1/3% beginning on August 2, 2019.
(2) The units represent interests in the CENTA Stock Fund in the Issuer's 401(k) Plan, which consist of shares of CENTA stock and cash.
(3) Options were granted on January 20, 2017 and shall vest and be exercisable as follows: 4,897 on January 20, 2018; 4,898 on January 20, 2019; 4,897 on January 20, 2020; 4,898 on January 20, 2021.
(4) The options were granted on January 19, 2018 and shall vest and be exercisable as follows: 4,129 on January 19, 2019; 4,129 on January 19, 2020; 4,129 on January 19, 2021; 4,129 on January 19, 2022.
 
Remarks:
Exhibit 24.1 Power of Attorney

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Section 2: EX-24.3_771315 (POA DOCUMENT)


LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR
SECTION 16 REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

The undersigned hereby constitutes and appoints George Yuhas, Howard Machek,
Zora Mohseni and JoAnn Jonte, and each of them, his true and lawful
attorney-in-fact to:
(1)	execute for and on behalf of the undersigned, in the undersigned's capacity
as an officer, director, and/or person who holds more than 10% of the stock of
Central Garden & Pet Company (the "Company"), Forms 3, Forms 4 and Forms 5 in
accordance with Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
(the "Exchange Act"), and the rules thereunder;
(2)	do and perform any and all acts for and on behalf of the undersigned which
may be necessary or desirable to complete and execute any such Forms 3, Forms 4
or Forms 5 and timely file any such forms with the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission and any other authority; and
(3)	take any other action of any type whatsoever in connection with the
foregoing which, in the opinion of such attorney-in-fact, may be of benefit to,
in the best interest of, or legally required by, the undersigned, it being
understood that the documents executed by such attorney-in-fact on behalf of the
undersigned, pursuant to this Power of Attorney shall be in such form and shall
contain such terms and conditions as such attorney-in-fact may approve in his or
her discretion.
The undersigned hereby grants to each such attorney-in-fact full power and
authority to do and perform any and every act and thing whatsoever requisite,
necessary or proper to be done in the exercise of any of the rights and powers
herein granted, as fully to all intents and purposes as the undersigned might or
could do if personally present, with full power of substitution or revocation,
hereby ratifying and confirming all that such attorney-in-fact, or his or her
substitute or substitutes, shall lawfully do or cause to be done pursuant to
this power of attorney.  The undersigned acknowledges that the foregoing
attorneys-in-fact, in serving in such capacity at the request of the
undersigned, are not assuming, nor is the Company assuming, any of the
undersigned's responsibilities to comply with Section 16 of the Exchange Act.
This Power of Attorney shall remain in full force and effect until the
undersigned is no longer required to file Forms 3, Forms 4, and Forms 5 with
respect to the undersigned's holdings of and transactions in securities issued
by the Company, unless earlier revoked by the undersigned in a signed writing
delivered to the attorneys-in-fact.
The undersigned has caused this Power of Attorney to be executed as of this 21st
day of February, 2018.


/s/William L Lynch	
Signature
William Lawrence Lynch	
Print Name
 

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