In Toms River, New Jersey, the owner of a corgi is devastated after his dog’s death allegedly being blamed on PetSmart. Chuck Crawford, 76, Abby’s owner, dropped his beloved pet off with his other corgi named Harley, on March 29 at the Toms River PetSmart to be groomed at 8:00 a.m. At 9:45 a.m., the phone rang; Abbey had died.
According to The Patch, Abby is the third dog who has died while at one of the company’s stores since late December.
“I thought they were calling to tell me they were ready,” Crawford stated. “It was a 20-second phone call. It was so crude and beyond comprehension. To take your pet for a grooming, and then have them die? That is the absolute worst thing…”
Instead, the woman at the store told the pet owner his dog had died and for him to come and pick up her body.
PetSmart has since issued a statement:
“We are deeply saddened by Abby’s passing, and we are in constant contact with her pet parent during this very difficult time. An internal review was conducted to help us better understand the timeline of events and what happened. We do not, however, have access to the results of the necropsy, which would likely help clarify the circumstances which caused Abby’s unfortunate passing and potentially reveal any pre-existing conditions.”
According to NJ.com, Crawford took Abby’s frozen body to the Animal Health Diagnostic Lab in Ewing to have the necropsy. Those results could take a month.
Abbey was eight-years-old and had recently been vet checked and was deemed healthy. Harley, 10, has been diagnosed with cancer and has only been given a few months to live.
PetSmart has 48 locations in New Jersey and 1,500 nation wide. Three months ago, a bulldog named Scruffles died while being groomed at the Flemington PetSmart store. Just days before, a dog named Ranger died while being groomed.
(Photos of dog who died at PetSmart via Facebook)
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