Texas dog groomer fired after video of abusive treatment aired

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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9 replies
  1. Shelly Renee Berchem says:

    Charges need to pressed against the groomer as well. Petition to have her arrested needs to be created by the owner of the little two year old pup. I will sign and share on FB & Twitter to obtain signatures. So sad that this is happening more and more at pet stores. Imagine the pets that are abused and we do not know about it. When charges are pressed against these cruel inhumane workers this may help STOP the ABUSE & NEGLECT that is happening!

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  2. rieann says:

    they say the treatment is “completely unacceptable what else are they going to say. but yet it keeps happening in these places the bitch better get more then just fired to……. these places need to do more they only care when someone gets caught

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  3. PAMELA D says:

    DID THEY IDENTIFY THE USELESS POS. YOU WOULD THINK THIS BITCH LOVED ANIMALS BEING A GROOMER. I WOULD HAVE BEAT THIS BITCH TO THE GROUND THE DAY I WENT TO PICK UP MY DOG. HOPE SOMEONE TORTURES THIS ASSHOLE. LUCKILY TERAH LEDER WAS SMART TO VIDEO AND WAIT FOR THE OWNER. HOW MANY OTHER DOGS DID SHE DO THIS TO. BITCH NEEDS HER ASS KICKED AND A MUG SHOT POSTED.

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  4. pennysdachshunds says:

    I STILL remember the LITTLE DACHSHUND HENRY whose owner had I believe 3 dachshunds there to be bathed and nails trimmed and HENRY was the youngest and was ONLY IN THE ROOMING ROOM FOR SEVERAL MINUTES AND WAS DEAD!!!! I believe that was also a PER SMART and although there were charges I don’t think the anything happened to the Groomer… This profession NEEDS to Be OVERHAULED “BIG TIME” mandatory DRUG Testing and RANDOM TESTING done at intervals on these people… rooms with video camera’s that can’t be altered…. OUR PETS are OUR FAMILIES!!!

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  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    Huge THANK YOU to Terah Leder for bringing this cruelty to light – this is NOT the first time PetSmart employees have been accused of abusive treatment of animals – they can say all they want about how ‘unacceptable’ this is, yet it keeps happening there. This miserable bitch’s picture should be posted in every animal care facility as she is incompetent, cruel and unfit to ever be near any animal again. PetSmart needs a massive overhaul in their hiring practices – never will any of my animals ever see the inside of a PetSmart – don’t trust them.

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