A Katy, Texas dog groomer was fired on Friday after a video catching abusive treatment of a dog became public. According to AbcNews, customer Terah Leder was shocked by the groomer’s treatment of a small dog, and at that instant decided she needed proof of the disturbing situation.
For two minutes Leder videoed the groomer aggressively handling the dog as she was trimming the fur around its neck and face.
“I was trembling, freaking out. I couldn’t believe what I had just seen,” stated Leder. “It was crazy.”
And then Terah explained to the manager what had happened, but decided she still had to do more. After all if that had been her dog, she would want to know if someone was mistreating it. And so she waited an hour until Brooke Vowers, the owner of the dog named Boo showed up, and then explained what had happened and what she had witnessed.
Vowers watched the video of how her two-year-old Shih Tzu had been treated, and then posted it to Facebook where it went viral.
“That was just a tidbit of the video. I’d hate to think what would happen in four hours,” Vowers said. “The fact that that could happen to anyone else’s dog is just concerning to me. If this happened to my dog, it probably happened to other dogs, and I don’t want it to happen to future dogs.”
A PetSmart spokesperson said the treatment is “completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” The employee has since been fired.
On Friday evening Brooke thanked everyone for their support:
“Just want to thank everyone for the kind messages and support . It’s unfortunate someone had to loose (sic) there (sic) job but i truly hope this is an eye opener to new policies with grooming monitoring in the future ! I hope changes are made and this prevents future damage . Pray for these kinds of people even in angry times .”
(Photos of Texas dog groomer abusing dog via YouTube screenshots)
The disturbing video can be viewed by at this link.
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