PetSmart worker accused of abusing dogs


WE HAVE IT ALL! A PETSMART WORK SER ACCUSED OF DOING THE UNTHINKABLE, HARMING THE ANIMALS HE’S SUPPOSED TO BE TAKING CARE OF. GOOD EVENING. I’M BILL BALLEZA. AND I’M SYAN RHODES. A WORKER ON WEST LOOP SOUTH ACCUSED OF DOUSING TWO DOGS WITH A CHEMICAL. RYAN KORSGARD IS LIVE. I UNDERSTAND THE MAN IN QUESTION TRIED TO DODGE OUR CAMERAS WHEN YOU CAUGHT UP WITH HIM TODAY. Reporter: YEAH, BILL, HE SAID VERY LITTLE. WE MIGHT HAVE SURPRISED HIM, BUT WE KNOW HE IS AWARE OF THIS INVESTIGATION. DID IT HAPPEN? NO. I’M NOT SAYING ANYTHING. Reporter: EZECHIEL PITTS SAID VERY LITTLE WHEN HE LEFT HOME. BUT COURT DOCUMENTS SAY A LOT. HE IS CHARGED WITH THE FELONY OFFENSE OF CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL. HE’S ACCUSED OF THROWING A CAUSTIC CLEANING DISINFECTANT ON TWO DOGS IN FEBRUARY WHEN HE WORKED HERE AT THE PETSMART SOUTH OF 59. SIR, WHY WOULD YOU SAY IT’S — I’M NOT SAYING ANYTHING. Reporter: INVESTIGATORS SAY TWO ANIMALS, TULIP AND NAILA, GOT SICK WHEN THEY WERE HERE AT THE STORE. POLICE SAY SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS PITTS MEASURING A POISONOUS AND TOXIC CLEANING AGENT AND THEN THROWING IT ON TO THE TWO DOGS. POLICE SAY THAT PITTS KNEW BETTER BECAUSE HE HIMSELF HAD BEEN RETRAINED AFTER HE WAS INJURED BY THE CHEMICAL. THEY’RE CLAIMING THAT YOU THREW SOMETHING ON SOME DOGS. POLICE SAY THAT PITTS TOLD THEM HE WAS HAVING A ROUGH DAY AND ONE OF THE DOGS HAD NIPPED AT HIM SO HE THREW THE CLEAN OVER A DOG AND THE DOG JUMPED UP, SPILLING MORE. COURT DOCUMENTS SHOW THAT PITTS APPEARED TO GO DIRECT THROW THE DOGS AND THROW THE CHEMICAL ON THEM. THE DOCUMENTS SHOW THAT PETSMART TOOK THE DOGS TO THE VET. BOTH DOGS WERE LEFT WITH A LONG LIST OF PROBLEMS. PETSMART CONINARMS TULIP DIED AND PITTS NO LONGER WORKS THERE. THE STATEMENT SAYS WE’RE HEARTBROKEN BY THE LOSS OF TULIP AND INJURED SUSTAINED BY NALA. NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PETS AND WE TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PETS IN OUR CARE. PETSMART HAD MORE TO SAY. THEY SAID ANY INCIDENT OF ANIMAL CRUELTY GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING WE BELIEVE AS A COMPANY. THEY SAY NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS

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