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Dog dies during grooming appointment at Petco, investigation underway

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The dog owner brought her pet to the a Rhode Islane Petco last week to have his nails clipped, but when she went to pick him up, she learned he was dead. Now the Rhode Island SPCA and Middletown’s Animal Control officer are investigating.

The RISPCA said Ollie was a 5-year-old pug with no pre-existing medical conditions.

His owner told investigators she took Ollie to the groomers inside Petco and left to do a little shopping.

She said she checked on him once, but left again because the clipping wasn’t done. When she returned the second time, she told investigators Ollie was on the floor and technicians were kneeling beside him.

The cause of Ollie’s death has yet to be determined. The dog is being sent for a necropsy and the investigation is ongoing.

“Do I think at this point there’s any evidence of malice or intent? It certainly does not appear that way,” said RISPCA Animal Cruelty Officer Joe Warzycha. “It certainly appears to have been an accident but we can’t rule out at this point there may have been some level of negligence.”

Petco released the following statement:

“All of us at Petco are deeply saddened by Ollie’s passing and we are currently conducting a thorough investigation. We under there is no way to make up for the loss of a pet. However, we are committed to doing everything possible to help Ollie’s family through this extremely difficult time.”

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Investigation closed in death of Ollie the pug

MIDDLETOWN � The investigation into the death of Ollie the pug is closed with no charges against Petco, the local business where the dog died last month while getting his nails trimmed.

E.J. Finocchio, president of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said Monday that an investigation of the pug�s unexpected death found no evidence that Petco or the technician grooming Ollie was reckless or had any intent to hurt the small dog.

But it�s clear neither the RISPCA nor Ollie�s owner and her family got the whole story about what happened on March 23, when the 5-year-old pug died at the Petco store at 1315 West Main Road, Finocchio said.

Owner Hannah Sherman and her mother, Jane, both of Middletown, had accused Petco staff of killing Ollie, being inadequately trained and hijacking the medical examination to determine the dog�s cause of death.

On April 4, SPCA staff interviewed the two technicians who were with Ollie when he died, Finocchio said. He described those interviews as �very unproductive.�

�They acknowledged Ollie was on the table and he showed no signs of distress whatsoever � Finocchio said. �It was made out to be a completely normal session, other than the dead dog.�

It was clear the technicians were not property trained to deal with an emergency situation, he said.

�It�s very troubling here, what happened,� Finocchio said. �We have an otherwise healthy dog that goes to have his nails clipped and he ends up dead and there�s not much we can do about it.�

Petco spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson sent an email extending condolences to the Shermans. The company continues to work with the RISPCA, Wilson wrote.

�We are not surprised that the Rhode Island SPCA�s investigation and our own came to the same conclusion, that Ollie�s unfortunate passing was not the result of the actions of any of our store partners,� Wilson said.

�We also acknowledge that these findings do nothing to remove the grief and sorrow that Ollie�s family is experiencing and our hearts are with them as they navigate through this difficult time.�

Petco previously announced that a preliminary necropsy performed at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine showed no sign of trauma to Ollie�s neck or head. Petco blamed the dog�s death on a �much longer� than normal soft palate that blocked his airway.

SPCA said the dog�s death clearly was an accident. However, it launched an investigation to determine if recklessness had played a factor, in which case criminal charges could be filed.

In Rhode Island, the malicious injury or death of an animal carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Rep. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, has introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would would require dog groomers to be licensed and to undergo standardized training. Currently, no license is required in Rhode Island.

Sherman and her mother thanked the RISPCA on Monday for investigating Ollie�s death. They still are trying to cope with the loss of their beloved dog, the women said, and would like to see measures taken to prevent any other animal or family in Rhode Island suffer the same pain and loss.

�I would like Petco to give some answers about what happened, but I don�t expect them,� Hannah Sherman said. �There�s a five-minute gap when they were with Ollie that they can�t explain, and they won�t explain. To this day, no one from Petco has ever called and explained what happened.�

�The problem here is that what happened to Ollie wasn�t recklessness, it was gross incompetence,� Jane Sherman said. �(Petco) continues to hire young technicians and give them no training whatsoever, and there�s nothing to penalize them for continuing to put our animals at risk. And it�s not just Petco that�s doing it.�

Shekarchi�s proposed legislation isn�t tough enough to prevent a similar situation from happening again, the women said.

�What Petco said happened here is beyond belief,� Jane Sherman said. �We were told there would be no sign of trauma on Ollie because he�s so small and the number of folds in his neck. But you have people who work there who can�t tell he�s in distress and doing something about it. They panic and call 911 and then hang up.�

Finocchio said he supports legislation requiring animal groomers to be trained, licensed and under some oversight. He�d also like to see more compensation for those who�ve lost a pet during grooming, he said. In his 15 years with the RISPCA, he�s dealt with three cases similar to Ollie�s, he said.

�Right now, the way compensation is handled is not right,� Finocchio said. �It�s like they�re a TV or a car, and for a lot of people, a pet is a member of the family.�

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Petco won’t be charged in death of pug during nail trim

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) – Petco will not face charges in last month’s death of a 5-year-old pug that was getting its nails trimmed at a Rhode Island store.

The Newport Daily News (http://bit.ly/2o3SlBy ) reports the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found no evidence employees acted recklessly or with intent to hurt the animal, named Ollie.Related Content: Ask the Lawyer: Animal cruelty laws

A Petco spokeswoman extended condolences to the dog’s owners in an email, saying the company was not surprised with the agency’s findings. The pet store chain previously blamed the dog’s death on a longer than normal soft palate blocking his airway.

Rep. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, has introduced a bill that would require animal groomers to be licensed. No license is currently required in the state. Still, the dog’s owners say the bill isn’t tough enough.

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