By Lia Eustachewich
Nearly 50 dogs have died after being groomed at PetSmart stores across the country, according to an investigative report Thursday that says the company offered heartbroken owners non-disclosure agreements in exchange for hush-money payments.
Since 2008, 47 dogs in 14 states have died following visits to the nation’s leading pet store chain – and 32 of them came after 2015, when the company was bought by private equity firm BC Partners, according to the nine-month probe by NJ Advance Media.
“I’ll never forget that last look he gave me,” Nick Pomilio said of his 7-year-old English bulldog Capone, who stopped breathing and died last year after he emerged from a PetSmart in a shopping cart because he couldn’t walk on his own. What was supposed to be a 15-minute grooming session lasted nearly an hour.
“You don’t take the dog to get its nails clipped and it winds up dead as a doornail,” the 72-year-old owner said through tears.
Source: New York Post