Family’s beloved bulldog drowned at Scottsdale pet spa

In Scottsdale, Arizona, a family is mourning the loss of their beloved bulldog who drowned at a pet resort on Saturday afternoon. Deanna and Matthew Spott wanted their dog to enjoy a day at the spa, knowing that the heat index in Arizona had been unbearable lately, and it would have been a perfect treat for their six-year-old dog Matilda. According to Fox 10 Phoenix News, Matilda had not been there more than two hours when they received the call their dog had accidentally drowned in the pool. What makes the story even more tragic is that the family told the pet resort owner their dog could not swim.

Matilda had never been at the Always Unleashed Pet Resort, and when dropping their dog off for the day, Deanna and Matthew stated they were repeatedly emphatic stressing their dog couldn’t swim:

“I mean, I expressed it over and over and over and over,” stated Matthew, and they said, ‘don’t worry, we have other bulldogs; we know they don’t swim.”

Just a few hours later came the devastating news. According to the owner  of the pet resort, there had been a man in the pool, and when he turned his back for a second, the dog had drowned. And now the family is just left with memories for a dog they regarded as an important part of their family; a dog who loved everyone and who accompanied the couple wherever they went.

Deanna and Matthew don’t think the drowning of Matilda was an accident. They believe their dog lost her life because of pure negligence. The owner of the dog spa said she would look into the incident.

Rest in peace Matilda.

(Photo of bulldog screenshot via Fox News)

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21 replies
  1. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG! This makes me cry! How awful,this spa needs to answer for this! My heart breaks for Matilda’s owners! RIP SWEET MATILDA

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  2. Helen says:

    Bulldogs can’t swim period. They can’t even float. Why was Matilda allowed in the pool? The man in the pool should have been holding on to Matilda. The family should definitely sue the dog resort.

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    • Jennifer says:

      We are bulldog owners – we do not want you stop pursuing the truth about the drowning of dear Matilda! Every bulldog owners know their bulldog cannot swim and must have a life vest at the very least
      The resort spa in Scitsdale should be held accountable and responsible for this horrible event
      Our thoughts are with you and your family

      !

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  3. pennysdachshund says:

    This IS TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR::: THE OWNER WILL LOOK INTO THE MATTER::: WHAT THE HELL A PERSON TRIES TO GIVE a WONDERFUL TREAT for their Beloved PET and some MORONIC MORON KILLS HER!!!

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  4. Gizmos Mommy says:

    This is negligence pure and simple. How many fuckin times does someone have to be told something before it sinks in????? Dog can’t swim – dog should NOT be near a pool or ANY body of water. Was the person responsible an idiot??? The owner will look into it??? Yeah right – her findings will protect her sorry ass and not reveal the truth.

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  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    Yes owner of the spa, you “look into the incident” and let us know how a dog that can’t swim was let anywhere near a pool. How heartbreaking! The pet resort needs to be held accountable, Matilda was left in their care, it was their responsibility to keep her safe.

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  6. John says:

    How can this Pet Spa let this Happen???? R.I.P. Matilda. The Pet Spa should be Held Accountable. They were Told by the Owners that their Dog could not Swim!!!!!!

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  7. Not sure says:

    Maybe the owner of the dog shouldn’t have sent their dog to a place where 70% of their time is spent in an area with a pool?

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  8. Angela Corso says:

    A full investigation should be placed on this facility. Also, legal action should be your next move. These facilities are insured to protect themselves from this type of inexcusable negligence and stupidity. The person who left this dog alone should have been terminated immediately. There is absolutely NO way this dog was left for a second. Legal action is warranted in this situation.

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  9. Red says:

    This business was told MULTIPLE TIMES their baby could not swim……….SURELY there will be repercussions. It will not bring back their sweet Matilda, but hopefully no one else’s fur kid will drown!!

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