SAN MATEO, Calif. (NBC/KNTV) — A dog taken to a California PetSmart store died Sunday while in the care of a groomer.
Police in San Mateo have arrested the groomer, 38-year old Juan Zarate, on suspicion of animal cruelty.
According to police, the dog, named Henry, died at the PetSmart, after his owner brought the 1-year old Dachshund in to be groomed.
Police say he was visibly bleeding from the mouth and having trouble breathing when they arrived.
Henry died a few minutes later.
An x-ray of the dog determined it had suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung.
Dog owners, fighting for more strict regulations for groomers, say that Henry’s story, while tragic, is not unheard of.
“I’m devastated, heartbroken but at the same time not surprised,” said one concerned dog owner Hannah Hartman.
PetSmart said in a statement Monday that it is “heartbroken” over the dog’s death and is responsible for all animals in its care.
The company said it is conducting an internal investigation, and Zarate is suspended pending the outcome of that investigation.
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