For those with pets, leaving them with strangers for any length of time can cause anxiety. When a dog owner drops their beloved pet off at a groomer, they should feel comfortable those caring for their animal are competent and capable. They shouldn’t have to worry whether their dog will survive the visit. Unfortunately for the dog owners in this story, they experienced the unthinkable.
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Studies have proven humans feel more empathy and compassion for animals than they do for their fellow human beings. An alarming story has emerged in the press recently about the popular chain, PetSmart that has put many pet owners on high alert. According to Today, PetSmart has faced animal mistreatment allegations after four pets died during grooming appointments while in the store’s custody. These deaths have occurred over the past five months. All but one were at PetSmart locations in New Jersey.
Pet owner Chuck Crawford, told NJ.com, his 8-year-old corgi, Abby died as recently as March 29. Crawford was displeased with how the chain broke the news of Abby’s death. “It was a 20-second phone call. It was so crude and beyond comprehension. To take your pet for grooming and have them die? That is the absolute worst thing.”
He brought both of his corgis in for grooming appointments. His one dog, Harley wasn’t harmed. Crawford found it disturbing when he wasn’t able to retrieve Abby from the same location. He was sent to another store.
Petsmart released a statement explaining their version of what happened. “When Abby became unresponsive, our associates took her to a neighboring PetSmart store with an in-store veterinarian. We are deeply saddened by Abby’s passing, and we are in constant contact with her pet parent during this very difficult time.”