Thursday, June 26, 2008
Omaha, NE - Last year, on April 18th, 2007, the owners of a golden retriever said they watched a pit bull attack and kill their puppy at an Omaha PetSmart. Jessica Rosenthal said both her puppy and the pit bull had been dropped off for grooming services. She said she had just arrived to pick up her pup when the pit bull broke out of its kennel and attacked the puppy.
Instead of impoundment, the judge ordered the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) to return the pit bull to its owner (so that it could kill another dog or perhaps even a child?). NHS Vice President of field operations, Mark Langan, said that even though the pit bull's owners weren't there at the time of the attack, they would be ticketed for harboring a dangerous animal.
Langan said investigators had not yet determined whether PetSmart faces any liability. The attack was caught on videotape, and Langan said officials will continue to "analyze the images." A PetSmart representative said the pit bull should never have been able to get out of the kennel. But the fact is, a dog with genetic "animal-aggression" should have never been at the facility at all.
The following year, PetSmart adopts a national "No Pit Bull" policy for its doggie day camp centers.It is unknown if these incidences are related.
05/05/08: DogBoy's Dog Ranch No Longer Accepting Pit Bull Type Dogs
03/31/08: PetSmart Disses Pit Bulls, Not Invited to Doggie Day Camp
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| 6/27/2008 12:46 AM |
This wasn't the first such incident for Petsmart. A Yorkie puppy was killed by a Staffordshire (aka: pit) in 2005, while waiting in line at a veterinary clinic inside the Arlington Heights, IL, PetSmart.
| 8/11/2015 4:32 PM |
I was at PetSmart today and they had a Doberman and other big dogs in the room loose with a couple Yorkies (75 lbs and 8 lbs)
And, the Dobie was barking at anyone who came near the glass.
Also, the dogs looked BORED TO DEATH!