Henry’s Story: Dachshund Reportedly Dies During PetSmart Grooming Session

Published by Danny Prater.

Henry’s sweet face and adorable eyes are yet another reason to avoid PetSmart.

Reportedly, the dachshund died after being taken to the store for a routine grooming session, and a PetSmart employee was arrested on suspicion of felony cruelty to animals.

According to reports, just minutes after Henry was dropped off at a California PetSmart store for a routine haircut, PetSmart employee Juan Zarate emerged from the grooming office with Henry, who was bleeding from the mouth and having difficulty breathing, and took the dog to an on-site veterinarian. Henry is said to have died shortly after the vet began treatment, still in the store.

New outlets covering the incident say that authorities determined from an X-ray of Henry’s body that he had sustained two broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Allegedly, police called to the scene took Zarate into custody after an investigation led them to believe that his “deliberate actions” played a part in Henry’s sudden, unexpected death. While details are still emerging, one thing is clear: Grooming tragedies are common, and they can be deadly. Always do your research and be vigilant before entrusting your dog to a groomer’s care, or learn some basic techniques in order to groom your dog yourself.

And remember: PetSmart cares about making money, not about animals.

In a statement released by the company in the wake of Henry’s death, PetSmart said, “Any incident of animal cruelty goes against everything we believe as a company.”

What do you think? Watch this video footage taken by eyewitness investigators at one of the horrific breeding mills that supply PetSmart with the animals they callously sell:

What is PetSmart doing to help these reptiles who suffered in the “care” of their supplier?

All types of animals are suffering in the pet trade and in chain stores like PetSmart, whether they’re mice, birds, reptiles, or dogs like Henry.

NEVER spend your money at stores like PetSmart, which profit from the sale of animals.

You can make a difference by “voting with your wallet.” Please, pledge never to buy pet supplies from retailers that sell any animals. Let PetSmart officials know that you’ll instead buy supplies from businesses that don’t sell animals, such as Target, Walgreens, or online retailers.

And if you’re planning to add an animal companion to your family, please visit a local shelter or rescue organization—never buy from a pet store or breeder.

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