In Venice, Florida a former pet groomer employee of Happy Puppy Pet Spa recorded a video of her ex-boss grooming a dog, however the footage portrays disturbing images of the woman putting her hands around the dog’s neck and slamming the dog down on the table.
According to her Facebook page, Briana Brady took the video and labeled it as animal abuse after she stated she witnessed another dog leaving the salon with a broken jaw. A few weeks ago, a poodle named Pumpkin left the shop with a broken jaw and bruises on his belly.
In the video, Brady stated:
“The dog was picked up by the throat, choked, shacked and then his head slammed on the table.”
Briana worked at the Happy Puppy Pet Spa for over a month before posting the video online. It has already garnered more than 380, 000 views.
The owner of the grooming business, Phyllis Lucca, however has a different version of what happened. Fox News reports Lucca, who was the woman in the video, stated her actions were not abusive and were steps to keep the dog safe and deal with a health issue.
“If you see the video, I know it looks bad, but that’s not what I’m doing. What the dog did was pass out and she fainted, and what I did was hold her head and shake her. That’s all,” Lucca stated.
Brady has been blamed for Pumpkin’s injuries with Lucca claiming Brady had been the only one in the room when the dog was injured. It is not known what damage will be done to Lucca’s business after the release of the disturbing video. Brady and Pumpkin’s owner say they plan to press charges against Lucca. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the allegations and evidence will be turned over to the State Attorney’s Office for review.
(Photos and video of pet groomer video via Facebook – Briana Brady)
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