Dog dies during grooming appointment at Petco, investigation underway



(KS) ALSO NEW AT 5:30 — A PET OWNER HEARTBROKEN. SHE TOOK HER DOG TO A GROOMER — BUT THE ANIMAL ENDED UP PASSING AWAY. (MM) RIGHT NOW A LOT OF QUESTIONS REMAIN UNANSWERED — LET'S BRING IN EYEWITNESS NEWS ANCHOR SHANNON HEGY WITH THE DETAILS WE DO KNOW, NEW AT FIVE THIRTY. (HE) MIKE AND KELLY– THE OWNER SPOKE TO THE RHODE ISLAND S-P-C-A. SHE SAID SHE'D BROUGHT HER DOG TO THE MIDDLETOWN PETCO THURSDAY NIGHT — TO GET HIS NAILS GROOMED. THIS IS THAT PUG, "OLLIE." HE WAS FIVE YEARS OLD, AND HAD BEEN GETTING GROOMED AT THIS PETCO FOR YEARS. PETCO HASN'T RELEASED DETAILS OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DOG WHILE HE WAS IN THEIR CARE… …BUT HERE'S WHAT THE OWNER TOLD THE R.I.S.P.C.A… SHE SAID SHE TOOK "OLLIE" TO THE GROOMERS INSIDE THE STORE…LEFT HIM WITH THEM….AND DID A LITTLE SHOPPING. WHEN THE OWNER CHECKED ON HIM, AND HE WAS FINE — BUT THE NAIL CLIPPING WASN'T FINISHED. WHEN SHE RETURNED LATER — OLLIE WAS ON THE FLOOR AND TECHNICIANS WERE KNEELING BESIDE HIM. THE S-P-C-A SAYS THE DOG DIDN'T HAVE ANY PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION. HIS CAUSE OF DEATH HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED. Joe Warzycha RISPCA Animal Cruelty Officer "do i think at this point there's any evidence of malice or intent? it certainly does not appaer that way it certainly appears to have been an accident but we can't rule out at this point there may have been some level of negligence" (HE) PETCO RELEASED THIS STATEMENT ABOUT IT SAYING IT QUOTE — "ALL OF US AT PETCO ARE DEEPLY SADDENED BY OLLIE'S PASSING AND WE ARE CURRENTLY CONDUCTING A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION. WE UNDERSTAND THERE IS NO WAY TO MAKE UP FOR THE LOSS OF A PET– HOWEVER, WE ARE COMMITTED TO DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO HELP OLLIE'S FAMILY THROUGH THIS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TIME." (HE) THE DOG IS NOW BEING SENT FOR A NECROPSY. BOTH THE S-P-C-A AND THE MIDDLETOWN ANIMAL CONTROL ARE STILL INVESTIGATING. SHANNON HEGY, EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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