In MI, a Pitbull mix named Gooch was suffocated and squashed to death by a man and woman who put a choke collar on the dog, muzzled him, then sat on him until he died. This was a “service” they were providing to the owner, who has MS, and wanted her dog’s nails trimmed by a groomer willing to make a house call. The dog suffered multiple internal injuries and, unable to breathe, died by the time the first nail was cut. All of this occurred while the owner, Laurie Crouch, watched in horror.
“I threw myself out of my wheelchair and dragged myself to where Gooch was to hold my dead dog,” Crouch said later.
Ms. Crouch called the police and filed a report but no charges were brought as police determined there weren’t any to bring. I guess this kind of reckless and negligent act is not a crime. Police suggested the owner file a lawsuit.
This story makes me sad because it’s yet another needless death of someone’s beloved pet. There is no dog in the world who needs to be muzzled and have 300 (I’m guessing) pounds laid on him in order to have a nail trim. Some dogs really hate having their nails cut and will struggle and snap. The muzzle takes care of the business end and the helper holds the dog on his side by the two legs touching the table (or floor). The dog will be physically unable to get up from that position and the groomer can then trim the nails as quickly as possible and release the dog. Any dog that can’t be managed thusly requires veterinary sedation to my mind. How could a dog groomer possibly think it was ok to handle a dog in this way?
After the story made the local papers, the community rallied in support of Ms. Crouch. A local business is giving her a Lab puppy next month, complete with vaccines, neuter surgery, obedience training and a month’s supply of food.
Thank you Clarice for the link.