Puppy died after routine bath

Puppy died at grooming salon during ‘routine bath’

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A couple’s puppy died at a Greenville, North Carolina, grooming salon during what was supposed to be a “routine bath.” Now, the local authorities are investigating the business for possible felony animal cruelty, reported Wednesday’s WNCT News.

Bruno, a five-month-old English Bulldog, died after visiting the Yuppy Puppy salon on Monday morning – something terrible happened to the pup during the visit. The couple stated that they received a call from someone at area veterinary hospital stating that Bruno was “bleeding from the mouth,” and was in “critical condition.”

Shortly thereafter, the pup was gone – his owner stated that Bruno was healthy and that he had been to the veterinarian just a week before and no issues were found. The owner, who is currently remaining anonymous, told WNCT about his pup, “Very energetic and playful. He was a little rambunctious. He liked to play with other animals, very friendly. He loved to lay on your lap.”

The Greenville Police Department has confirmed that other complaints have been made about this same business and the Yelp reviews are not great (click here). So far, the business has declined to comment on Bruno’s death – a necropsy on the puppy’s body will help determine the true cause of death, and whether or not charges will be forthcoming.

(Image/stock image of English Bulldog via Pixabay)

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19 replies
  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    Little Guy probably got a little excited or afraid & THE BASTARD in CHARGE of HIS BATH drowned HIM or held him under the water in a fit of ANGER!!! THE POLICE NEED TO BE AGGRESSIVE ABOUT FINDING out WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED HERE THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS ACCOUNTS OF THIS TYPE of DOG being KILLED off at PET SPA’s!!!

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  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    You should NEVER have to worry about your pet dying when you take them to be groomed. I can’t imagine what they could have done to the poor pup, but my condolences to the family, so sorry for your loss of Bruno. I hope they get to the bottom of this, it sounds like this place needs to be shut down before more pets are hurt!

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  3. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    This is TERRIBLE!!!! There have been other charges brought to this salon, they need to be closed down and charged with this abuse!!!

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  4. Cynthia Como says:

    After I became aware of incidents at Pet Smart and several other places…. IT REALLY,REALLY FREAKED ME OUT! So now I bath my three fur babies myself,even tho I have really bad spinal issues. It is unbelievely painful for me to bath my babies but I refuse to take even the smallest risk that my dogs will be injured or worse! There is no turning back the clock and fixing it if ur dog dies! Becoming aware of what can happen in some of these grooming places has made me not trust not a one of them,and I’m sure there are plenty of them out there that are wonderful! As for my dogs nails bedding cut I just take them to the vet for that and do the bathing myself! I’m quite the worrier when it comes to my dogs and just will not take any risks! This story is heartbreaking and has completely outraged me! Prayers to Bruno’s family! SO HEARTBREAKINGLY SAD…..RIP BRUNO

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  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    Apparently this hell hole called “Yuppy Puppy” has a nasty reputation and it is time the authorities did something besides writing a damn report – an innocent dog died because someone was negligent, incompetent and/or just plain cruel. Whoever did this needs to be held accountable – something stinks big time at Yuppy Puppy and it ain’t the dogs.

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    • Pamela D says:

      NANCY YOU ARE GREAT WITH WORDS. THIS PLACE NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED HEAVILY. IF I WAS THE OWNER I WOULD BE CHOKING SOME BASTARD. IT IS A TRUE DAMN SHAME. SOME CARELESS FREAK CAUSED THE LIFE OF A BEAUTIFUL PUPPY.

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  6. paula calabrese says:

    omg what a disgrace my heart breaks for the owners of this dog prayers going out to both of them. my prayers go out to their dog. i hope the owners who owns this salon get shut down and get the maximum penalty for aninal abuse neglect. what Rottn Heartless people

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  7. paula calabrese says:

    this one prooves it all when you leave your pet at the groomers salon. i wont leave i want to to see what the groomers does it shows you trust any body. i m oer protective of my dog i made sure to stick around wheather they like it or not. i have that right. i want to observe them because of cases like this. it prroves who can you trust any more. the owners of this salon hae a nasty reputation i hope this place gets close down for good that the owners who ever did this to to the dog gets thrown in get for maximim sentence i hope karma get them good. NO EXCUSE FOR ANIMAL ABUSE> OR ABUSE period.

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  8. Debbie Sharp says:

    I think they should be closed permanently as well and held responsible for their abuse to this puppy, Bruno! There are several of Yuppy Puppy salons in NC cities owned by same outfit. I hope they are held responsible for the unqualified people they call groomers!! I took my dog there a couple of time and they either ruined him with awful cut and they shaved his bottom and shaved his belly! I would never recommend taking a pet there for any amount of money ! They run a assembly line in there and never sweep their floors either! Nasty!!! My Vet asked about the shaving on his rear and I told my Vet where my dog was groomed and they rolled their eyes and did not care for the salon as well! So beware before you even think about scheduling there!!!

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  9. Sherry says:

    This definitely could not have been an accident or they would have stated such immediately instead of the secretive , getting a bath , next thing, bleeding from the mouth and critical. I call bullshit. We are leaving out that someone that should not be working around animals, lost their temper and went ape shit crazy because the puppy was perhaps rambunctious or difficult to control. I hope this piece of crap doesn’t get away with this and gets formally charged for this berserk behavior. People should not have to stress about getting their dog groomed. What kind of dirt low standard requirements does this business have for their groomers? They need background checks and references in this type of business. I pray for this pup, and am sorry for the family. I hope they come to terms with this and I hope part of that comes from suing the pants off of this shabby house of horrors grooming joint.

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  10. paula calabrese says:

    NO WAY NO HOW THIS WAS NO ACCIDENT IT WAS DONE ON DELIBRATLY THIS SALON NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN I HOPE THATS IN THE WORKS SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED I WONDER IF OTHER ANIMALS WERE HARMED AND DIED DUE TO THE NASTY ABUSIVE GROOMERS PLUS THE OWNER. I REALLY HOPE THAT ACTION IS TAKEN CHARGES FILED TO THE MAX. I HOPE KARMA GETS TO THE OWNERS THEY GET WHAT THEY ALL DESERVE!!!!!!!

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  11. paula calabrese says:

    NO WONDER THE GROOMERS ASK THE PET OWNERS TO LEAVE WHILE THEIR DOG IS BEING GROOM SO THEY CAN MISTREAT AND BRUTALLY ABUSE THEM WHEN I TAKE MY DOG I STAY THERE AND I OBSERVE FROM A DISTANCE I HAVE THAT RIGHT TO DO SO,
    THEY DONT LIKE IT I STICK AROUND. I HOPE THE OWNERS GET SUIED AND THE BOOK IS THROWN AT THEM.mY CONDULENSES GO OUT TO THE FAMILY MY PRAYERS.

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  12. paula calabrese says:

    I CAN BATH MY OW DOG CLIPP HE NAILS I USE TO WORK AS A VET TECH I JUST CANT TRUST ANY BODY ANY MORE NOT AS FAR AS i THROW IT, I DONT LIKE PET SMART EITHER THEIR GROOMERS. I HAVE BEEN GROOMING MY DOG MY SELF. MY DOG DOESNT NEED TO BE TRAUMATISED BY ANY BODY.

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