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Manhattan, NY - A tiny pooch sicced his lawyer on a fancy pet spa because a vicious pit bull mauled him at the doggy day care center. Momentary pit bull "mayhem" at the Biscuits & Bath spa left Diesel, a 10-pound schnauzer, helpless as a the dog chomped him, nearly ripping off a hind leg.
Jeffrey Tullman, who is suing the posh pet care center for $200,000, said his dog Diesel was way "outgunned" here. Tullman was vacationing in Egypt last month when he left Diesel and his Labrador retriever, Jack, in the care of a doggy spa once hailed by The Times of London as offering "the most extreme form of pet pampering on the planet."
Tullman's dogs were ready to go out for their evening walk that day when a pit bull waiting to enter a canine common area broke free from a handler's leash and "bit and shook Diesel like a rag doll." Biscuits & Bath maintains that all its customers sign liability waivers acknowledging that they are leaving their pets in an off-leash and cage-free setting.
It took five employees to break up the bloody attack.
Scott Smith, the CEO of Biscuits & Bath, says the only way you can keep your dog from getting bit is to leave them in a cage all day where they don't interact. "We don't do that," he said. He added that dogs of all breeds and sizes mingle at the pet spa and that problems are rare. "The type of dog is irrelevant," Smith said. "We don't discriminate based on breed."
After losing a $200,000 lawsuit you just might start.
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