HAVE IN OUR AREA. (KS) FIRST AT FIVE THIRTY… NEW DETAILS ON A STORY WE’VE BEEN TRACKING SINCE LAST WEEK — THE TRAGIC DEATH OF A DOG WHILE BEING GROOMED AT A STORE. (MM) WE’RE HEARING NOW FROM STATE ANIMAL OFFICIALS… AS THE FAMILY OF THAT DOG—- DISPUTES THE STORE’S RESPONSE. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEVE NIELSEN HAS THE NEW DETAILS. THE PUG’S OWNERS ARE NOT ACCEPTING PETCO’S EXPLANATION FOR WHAT HAPPENED… SO WE WANTED TO SIT DOWN WITH THE RISPCA TO SEE WHERE THEIR INVESTIGATION STANDS. OLLIE’S FAMILY IS FIGHTING A NECROPSY REPORT FROM TUFTS…. THE PUG WAS TAKEN TO PETCO IN MIDDLETOWN TO HAVE HIS NAILS TRIMMED… BUT WHEN THE OWNER RETURNED.. SHE SAYS OLLIE WAS ON THE GROUND DEAD. DOCTOR ERNEST FINOCCHIO WITH THE RISPCA SAYS THE NECROPSY SHOWS THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF TRAUMA TO OLLIE’S HEAD OR NECK. Dr. Ernest J. Finocchio RISPCA i dont feel there was any intentional negligence or recklessness intentional… in any way shape or form. WHAT IT DOES SHOW… OLLIE HAD BRACHYCEPHALIC SYNDROME… WHICH ALL PUGS HAVE… IT MEANS THEIR SOFT PALATE IS LARGE AND CAN MAKE IT TOUGH TO BREATHE UNDER STRESS. THE TUFTS REPORT SAYS OLLIE’S … WAS SEVERLY ELONGATED… Dr. Ernest J. Finocchio which taxed his respritory system resulting in him perishing. OLLIE’S FAMILY DOESN’T BUY IT AS THE CAUSE OF DEATH — SAYING IN A STATEMENT… “Petco’s attempt to deny responsibility by claiming during the exact ten minutes my daughter was in the store, Ollie suffered spontaneous respiratory arrest out of the blue “coincidentally” while being restrained by a slip lead around his neck having his nails trimmed not only defies belief but continues to make Ollie’s death even more distressing for our family.” PETCO RESPONDED TO THE NECROPSY… SAYING As a result of this information, we do not believe the actions of the pet stylist who trimmed Ollie’s nails, nor any other store partners were responsible for his untimely passing. DR. FINOCCHIO SAYS HE PLANS TO INTERVIEW THE TWO PETCO TECHNICIANS TOMORROW TO HEAR ABOUT THE DETAILS LEADING UP TO OLLIE’S DEATH. FINOCCHIO SAYS THE FAMILY IS ALSO CONSIDERING HAVING A SECONDY NECROPSY PERFORMED TO GET A SECOND OPINION. IM STEVE NIELSEN

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