A Californian couple is suing PetSmart claiming that their puppy was strangled during a grooming session. They said their four-month-old English bulldog was “healthy” when they brought her to PetSmart for a grooming last May.
According to CBS:
“Shortly after dropping her off, they received a call that she was vomiting blood and that they should pick her up and take her to a veterinarian,” said the attorney for the plaintiffs who specializes in animal law.
They then took the puppy to a vet, and she died 45 minutes later. A necropsy determined the cause of death was likely strangulation that occurred during her grooming session, claims the complaint. The owners also say PetSmart ordered the puppy to be cremated before they were able to pick up her body.
The “plaintiffs were horrified, as this was done against their wishes, beliefs and without their consent,” said the attorney. They’re seeking damages upwards of $25,000.
PetSmart didn’t have much to say in response to this matter:
“The facts as represented in the recently distributed press release by an attorney are not what we believe to be true relative to this unfortunate situation. As a practice, however, PetSmart does not comment on pending litigation.”
Unless you are getting annoyed of your ol’ pup — I’d avoid taking it to PetSmart.