Four PetSmart snow groomers are charged after an elderly dog ​​is strangled to death

It’s great to have a groomer that you trust. Unfortunately, not all snow groomers are licensed, and not all are gentle with the dogs they care for. NFL side reporter AJ Ross learned this the hard way. She recently experienced the dog parent’s worst nightmare. She dropped her dog Kobe off at PetSmart for a quick nail cut, and when she returned a few minutes later he was dead.

Now Ross is calling for a change in dog grooming facilities and asking PetSmart to acknowledge their mistakes. Dogs don’t have a voice, so we have to speak out for them.

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Nail cut turns into a horror story

Ross ’11-year-old Miniature Poodle needed a nail cut, so she stopped at a PetSmart in Pennsylvania. She wasn’t allowed to be in the care room because of COVID, so she ran to the Walgreens next door to grab something. She returned a few minutes later and heard an announcement calling the manager into the nursing room. When Ross looked in there, she saw her best friend lifeless on the nursing table.

The manager told Ross that Kobe passed out while she was being cared for. But when she got there, several snow groomers were standing around staring at the puppy but doing nothing. Ross grabbed Kobe and took him to the nearest vet. They tried their best to get him to breathe again, but it was pointless. They told her he was gone.

“He had been there during the ups and downs of my life,” said Ross. “I have no children, so for lack of a better expression, Kobe is or was like my child. You know my family “

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Unfortunately, PetSmart Grooming has received many reports of abuse.

What went wrong?

Ross was later able to view PetSmarts’ safety material for grooming. What she saw in the video was even more horrific than she could have imagined. The snow groomers had ropes tied tightly around the puppy’s neck while the nails were being cut, hanging him from the table.

“They used two separate lines,” said Ross. “One is at a vertical angle directly above the nursing table, and the other line was horizontal. So it is tied in two different directions. They start clamping his nails and there are two of them and they lift him up so high that he cannot put his paws on the table at all. “

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Ross added that the longer Kobe hung on his neck, the more he struggled and twisted. He was obviously unable to breathe, but the staff showed no concern. They kept cutting his nails until he went completely limp.

PetSmart, the Pittsburgh Humane Animal Rescue Agency, and other officials are investigating the incident. An autopsy was also performed for further information. Unfortunately, this isn’t even the first nursing incident that has seen abuse in the past year.

Demanding justice for Kobe

Four PetSmart employees (Julie Miller, Shaphan Stonge, Elizabeth Doty and Heather Rowe) were laid off following the incident. They were also charged with multiple crimes, each including at least one count of animal cruelty. They are currently awaiting their preliminary hearing.

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The autopsy results showed no evidence of bruising on Kobe’s neck tissue. However, the results indicated that strangulation is still a strong possibility of Kobe’s death. Other medical professionals have also confirmed that the older poodle was strangled to death based on the evidence.

But test results and arrests aren’t fair enough for Ross. She wants to make sure that an event like this never happens again. So she’s fighting to get a 2005 bill passed. It would ensure that all dog groomers would need a license. As of now, piste licenses are no longer required in Pennsylvania. In the meantime, she urges dog parents to be careful where they let their dogs be groomed.

Questions to ask your new groomer

When you find a groomer for your dog, don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Stories like this make snow groomers seem bad, but most snow groomers are very kind and gentle with the dogs they care for. But it is always best to be careful.

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The Humane Animal Rescue posted the following questions to ask a new groomer.

Can i see your facility?

Pay attention to how the care room looks and smells. You may not be allowed to enter while your dog is being groomed as this will distract your pup. However, a good dog groomer has no problem with looking inside beforehand. Make sure it looks like a place where you can comfortably leave your dog.

What services do you offer?

A skilled groomer can do more than just bathe, brush, and cut hair. Ask about services like trimming nails, removing mats, brushing teeth, and cleaning ears. You want a dog groomer who is knowledgeable enough to let you know if something is wrong with your dog’s health. You can also ask them what products they are using to make sure they are not using too many chemicals.

Do you have experience with my dog’s breed?

In many cases, your dog’s breed isn’t important, but grooming might be. Some breeds have special grooming requirements. So make sure your groomer is aware of your dog’s specific coat.

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What kind of training and credentials do you have?

Snow groomers have different training backgrounds. Some went to school for this, while others simply learned from experience. Don’t be afraid to ask a groomer about their background in the industry. An experienced dog groomer is more likely to know how to handle your dog.

How will my dog ​​be accommodated?

Your dog won’t be on the grooming table from start to finish. They should be put in a box by themselves when not cared for, unless you specify otherwise. Make sure your dog is in a safe and comfortable place.

What are your contingency measures?

Of course, nobody expects an emergency. But it is good to be prepared. A company employee should have first aid skills and supplies. You should also ask if your dog has any medical concerns to make sure they are grooming them properly.

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Don’t let horror stories like this stop you from having your dog groomed by a professional. Instead, take it as a warning to be more careful with who you trust. It’s heartbreaking that Kobe’s life has been cut short, but Ross will continue to do everything possible to change something. And you can do this too by following the tips above and spread the word.

Rest in peace, Kobe. You are missed more than you know.

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