Pet groomer accused of choking, kicking and dragging dog to death

Michelle Root (Forsyth County Sheriff's Office)

FORSYTH COUNTY, GA (WCMH) — The owner of a pet grooming store in Georgia is accused of animal abuse that led to a dog’s death.

WAGA reports Michelle Root, owner of Paws’sh Paws, was charged with felony animal cruelty.

It started when a dog named Meko started running to the back of the store while another employee was grooming it on October 7.

According to a police report, Root choked the dog to the point of unconsciousness and dragged it to the front of the store, banging it against a washer and other objects in the process.

Root then put the dog back onto the grooming table and tried to finish grooming the dog, according to the Forsyth Herald. 

The dog was taken to an animal hospital and pronounced dead.

According to police, Root originally claimed the dog had a seizure before witnesses came forward.

Witnesses told police this was not the first time they saw Root abuse an animal, but it was the first time she caused an animal’s death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s