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Another Dog Dies At NJ PetSmart After Being Dropped Off For Grooming

April 05, 2018 - 4:33 pm

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) -- Another dog has died after being dropped off at PetSmart for a grooming appointment.

Abby the corgi is the third dog to die at a New Jersey PetSmart store in less than five months.
Chuck Crawford told NJ.com he dropped off Abby and his other corgi Harley at the Toms River PetSmart for grooming March 29. He says he got a phone call about an hour later saying he needed to pick up Abby's carcass.
Crawford says he has "extreme anger and extreme grief,'' and he doesn't know what happened to Abby. "There were no health issues whatsoever," he noted. "I went through absolute hell that day. She's my little sweetheart."

PetSmart says the dog's death is under an internal investigation.

"When Abby became unresponsive, our associates took her to a neighboring PetSmart store with an in-store veterinarian," PetSmart said in a statement to NJ.com. "We are deeply saddened by Abby's passing and we are in constant contact with her pet parent during this very difficult time."
One woman's bulldog died during an appointment at a Flemington PetSmart on Dec. 29. Another woman lost her pet Dec. 24 at the same store.
PetSmart expressed sympathy after the deaths and said they were unrelated.