Couple sues PetSmart dog groomer in San Mateo for allegedly killing dog

November 22, 2016
KRON 4 News

A San Mateo dog groomer and the national chain he worked for were hit with a lawsuit Tuesday by the owners of a dog that died after what was supposed to be a routine nail clipping last May.

KRON4’s Maureen Kelly talked to the owners who are still grieving their loss, and their attorney who says the company PetSmart has a long list of complaints involving animals being injured or even killed by their groomers.

This is video showing 1-year-old Dachshund Henry before he was killed his owners says they took Henry and his two siblings to be groomed at this San Mateo PetSmart back in May.

“It was horrific,” Henry’s owner said “We took him for a nail clipping and he came out spewing blood.”

That groomer Juan Zarate could be in front of a jury as soon as next week after pleading not guilty to charges of felony animal abuse and animal cruelty. The San Mateo D.A. says Zarate was angry that the dog wouldn’t cooperate and that a necropsy showed the dog had been strangled, suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung.

On Tuesday in their lawyer’s office, Stefan Zier and Terrie Peacock sat holding their surviving dogs Bella and Tony closely. They refer to Henry as their son.

“We never had children together, so I hope people understand that these are our children,” Zier said.

“He was just a little dog just 10 lbs. just turned one years old we had no idea that taking him in could end his life,” Peacock said.... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)