Associate no longer with PetSmart after dog grooming incident

Associate no longer with PetSmart after dog grooming incident

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - PetSmart has concluded their internal investigation of a grooming incident that left a 10-month old puppy severely injured.

PetSmart responded to a Region 8 News inquiry on the status of their investigation saying:

Our investigation is complete, and we have confirmed this was an unfortunate altercation between the two dogs. We did, however, find there were policy violations in this incident and one of the associates is no longer with PetSmart. We are continuing to support Ziggy and his family while he recovers at home.

The injured dog was taken to a local veterinarian for emergency surgery.

Ziggy's owner, Kaitlyn Weatherford, told Region 8 News that PetSmart told her that Ziggy was on the table with the grooming leash around him when a Great Dane was coming through and grabbed him.

Weatherford said the owners of the big dog didn't have any idea he was going to be aggressive and that they're sorry for it.

According to Jonesboro police, PetSmart acquired legal representation for their employees to be interviewed by JPD.

During the interview, the two employees told the same story, that a Great Dane was brought into the grooming area and stood by the podium that Ziggy was getting groomed on.

The employees told JPD, "the dog stood by the table but was on a lead and witness #1 was in control of the dog. She stated that the Great Dane was looking at Zigg and come close to the table but did not show any signs of aggression. She said that she went ahead and put her arms around Ziggy just to made sure nothing happened. She said that without warning, the Great Dane grabbed Ziggy by the back and dragged him off the table and shook him for a few seconds. She said they were trying to get the dog to let go of Ziggy which he finally did."

According to the police report, the vet told Weatherford that, "the injury looked like a bite."

PetSmart confirmed to Jonesboro police that there is no video recording devices in the grooming area of the store.

Ziggy meanwhile is back home and is expected to make a full recovery.

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