A Colorado woman’s dog was fatally mauled at her pet-sitter’s home. According to ABC Action News, the nearly 10-year-old dog named Wally was being cared for by someone through Rover.com, a network of pet sitters and dog walkers.
What happened to Wally?
Elaine Conoly left her Dachshund with the pet-sitter over the Fourth of July holiday. Conoly had used the same sitter in the past without incident. This time, however, was tragically different. Conoly said that she received a message from the person caring for her dog stating that her dog was dead – she recounted what was said, “Sorry, a mastiff completely mauled your dog and killed him instantly.”
On her social media account, she wrote:
“As emotionally exhausting as its been to constantly relive this tragedy and share anything personal on social media, it is my responsibility to help other animal lovers make the best possible choices for their furry loved ones. Yes, a Rover dog sitter killed my dog while I was out of town. Yes, all that Rover, a huge company self-labelled “The Dog People” and full of false guarantees, had to say can be summed up as “oops sorry.'”
Recourse for the death?
According to Conoly, she hasn’t heard from the pet-sitter since her dog was mauled by the 150-pound dog, who she learned after-the-fact had been staying at the same person’s home while Wally was there. According to the news agency, Conoly is hiring an attorney and she intends to press charges.
A public relations spokesman for Rover issued a statement about Wally’s death:
As dog owners ourselves, we are distraught by Wally’s passing and join his family in their grief during this heart-wrenching time. Upon learning of the incident, our trust and safety team immediately opened an investigation and we remain committed to providing support to the Conoly family. We have deactivated this particular sitter from our platform.”
– Dave Rosenbaum
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