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Woman grieves for dog that died at grooming shop

Posted: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

A woman is irate after she took her dog to a Canyon Country groomer and received a phone call 90 minutes later informing her the dog had died.

The groomer says the dog’s death was an accident after bathing technicians tied it up outside because it had bitten a groomer and run loose through the shop.

Penny Nordstrom said she took two dogs, including 7-year-old pit bull Ramsey — to the Doggie Den last Saturday for a grooming.

“No one takes their family pets to the groomers with the thought that they might die there,” she said. “This has been a nightmare.”

Outraged, Nordstrom created a Facebook page called Voice For Ramsey and printed flyers publicizing a protest this morning at the business. She says she expects as many as 100 supporters.

Doggie Den owner Donna Littlejohn, who said she is “deeply sorry for the loss,” calls the incident a “horrible and tragic accident.”

In a prepared statement, she said: “The pit bull was put into a tub and bathed. After bathing, he tried to jump out of the tub and as the bathing technician attempted to keep him contained, the technician was bitten on the face by the dog.

“The dog then ran unrestrained through the shop,” she said. “For the protection of other employees and other clients’ pets, we cautiously and swiftly moved the dog outside and secured him by a chain leash to the fence of the property.

“The dog had forced his way under the fence and because there is a drop off outside the fenced area, was choked to death,” she said.

“We are heartbroken,” Nordstrom said.



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