Mysterious Deaths: Dogs Reportedly Keep Dying After Being Groomed At The Nation’s Leading Pet Store Chain
September 24, 2018 16:59 By Fabiosa
For many pet owners, their four-legged friends have become loyal companions and family members. Our beloved pets can make us smile after a stressful day at work, listen to our rants with understanding eyes, and be a part of the happiest moments of our lives.
But losing a beloved pet is an awful tragedy, especially if it happened because of someone else’s fault. Recently, sad news has been reported. Nearly 50 dogs have died after getting groomed in the popular pet store chain across the country.
Groomed, then gone
An investigating report revealed the tragic animals’ death keep occurring after they had had grooming at PetSmart. Apparently, it has been happening for quite some time.
Since 2008, 47 dogs in 14 states have died following visits to the nation’s leading pet store chain – and 32 of them came after 2015, when the company was bought by private equity firm BC Partners, according to the nine-month probe by NJ Advance Media.
The company owners offered non-disclosure payments to the heart-broken dog owners, preventing them to speak out about their tragic loss and the hush-hush agreement itself.
Dogs dying after @PetSmart groomings, "hush money" agreements & allegations of inadequate/rushed training and intense pressure to grow profits. If you love dogs, please read/share this new, nationwide investigation: https://t.co/GDiSQg8gJE@dogs @dog_feelings @CuteEmergency pic.twitter.com/tRW7NlfWc5— Christopher Baxter (@cbaxter1) September 20, 2018
According to the investigation, many of the deaths happened because of the inexperienced groomers, who wanted to finish the grooming sessions as quickly as possible.
The Twitter world reacted to the sad news
Just groom them yourselves— d 🇺🇸 🔔 🗽 (@dougalpollux) September 20, 2018
I won’t ever use this place again ever to board my cat who became severely ill after just 2 days. My Vet later told me horror stories- they treat many sick pets from Petsmart over the years.— Marsha Leigh (@_marshaleigh) September 20, 2018
They leave them in the drying cages for too long. They hire kids who don't care about their jobs or your pets.— Bonnie Samuel (@Sonia554) September 20, 2018
Omg this is so sad. I will never take my pets to be groomed at petsmart— Resist (@Outdoorsycat) September 20, 2018
PetSmart responded that they take their responsibilities very seriously, claiming their grooming standards are highest in the industry.
What to do?
As there are no regulations for training groomers, experts say it is important to ask questions like:
- is there someone present with the animals at all times?
- what are the groomer’s credentials?
PetSmart also recommends to stop by before the grooming session and let your pet get accustomed to the environment. Also, it is important to know your pet’s health and if they have any special conditions.