FORM 4 [ ] Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).         
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * PENNINGTON BROOKS III 2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol CENTRAL GARDEN & PET CO [ CENT ] 5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)__X__ Director                    _____ 10% Owner
_____ Officer (give title below)    _____ Other (specify below)
(Last)         (First)         (Middle)
1340 TREAT BLVD, SUITE 600
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)
2/9/2021
(Street)
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597
(City)       (State)       (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)
 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line) _X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Class A Common Stock  2/9/2021    A    1591 (1) A $0.00  37046  D   
Class A Common Stock                 3876  I  By Spouse (2)
Class A Common Stock                 15208  I  By LLC (3)
Units                 2006.15  I  By 401(k) Plan (4)
Common Stock                 159950  D   
Common Stock                 6938  I  By Spouse (2)
Common Stock                 7604  I  By LLC (3)

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Stock Option (Right to Buy)  $44.02  2/9/2021    A     4544 (5)      (6) 2/9/2027  Class A Common St  4544  $0.00  4544  D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  Restricted stock award granted under the Company's 2003 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan, as amended.
(2)  Mr. Pennington disclaims beneficial ownership of 3,876 shares of the Issuer's Class A Common Stock owned by his spouse and 6,938 shares of the Issuer's Common Stock owned by his spouse.
(3)  By Pennington Management Company II, LLC, in which Mr. Pennington has an ownership interest. Mr. Pennington is the President of Pennington Management Company II, LLC. Mr. Pennington disclaims beneficial ownership of the reported securities except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein.
(4)  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.
(5)  Stock options granted under the Company's 2003 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan, as amended.
(6)  One-third of the total options granted will become exercisable at each of 6 months, 18 months and 30 months after February 9, 2021, the date of the grant.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
PENNINGTON BROOKS III
1340 TREAT BLVD
SUITE 600
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597
X



Signatures
/s/JoAnn Jonte as attorney-in-fact for Brooks M. Pennington III 2/10/2021
**Signature of Reporting Person Date