PetSmart petition gets 52K+ signatures following another grooming death

Outrage sparked after 4th dog dies

The death of an 8-year-old corgi at a PetSmart grooming facility has led to an online petition against the retail giant. The petition, which demands PetSmart shut down its grooming centers until an investigation has been completed and storewide changes have been implemented, has amassed more than 52,000 signatures.

The dog’s owner, Chuck Crawford, said he dropped his two Corgis, Abby and Harley, at a PetSmart grooming facility in Toms River, N.J., only to receive a phone call an hour later, informing him Abby had died and telling him where he could pick up her body.

The corgi is the fourth dog to die at a PetSmart grooming facility in five months. Last December, Danielle DiNapoli’s English bulldog, Scruffles, died at a PetSmart grooming center in Flemington, N.J. The death also ignited an online petition against the company, demanding PetSmart investigate and release a public report on the incident. The appeal received more than 92,000 signatures.

“After Scruffles the bulldog died, the outrage caused PetSmart to launch a comprehensive review to change the way they do grooming,” said Kelsey Bourgeois, the author of Abby’s petition. “But obviously pets are still getting hurt and dying in the meantime. This is why we need to insist PetSmart halts it grooming programs in all stores until root causes are identified and changes have been implemented.”

A third petition has launched, calling for the implementation of “Scruffle’s Law” in New Jersey, which would classify companion pets as more akin to family members than property, making it easier for pet owners to sue for damages against individuals who cause the injury or death of their pets through negligence, recklessness, or animal cruelty.

The three petitions have gathered more than 185,000 signatures.



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11 thoughts on “PetSmart petition gets 52K+ signatures following another grooming death

  1. Today we took our Dog to a grooming appointment. Upon leaving out 5 year old Yorkshire Terrier, Fabio, 40 minutes later they called indicating that the Dog was unresponsive. On my way their after the call, he passed. They have not been able to give me and explination.

  2. A thought – over 1500 stores, let’s say there is an average 20 dogs groomed at each per day. Multiply that times 363 days per year that the stores are open….that is 10,980,000 dogs groomed a year. Out of that 4 have died. I’d say they are doing pretty darn good. And the ones who died? I’m willing to bet that is was from underlying health concerns such as obesity and brachy dogs. The only reason thus had become such a big deal is because of the fact that unlike a local groom shop, people can make a he’ll of a lot more money in a lawsuit against petsmart. This isn’t fueled by grief, but by greed. I love the girls who groom my baby at petsmart, and I will continue to go there. This media outrage sickens me.

    1. Until they kill your dog too, huh?
      When your dog dies from being thrown in the floor, then we can talk but it’s not a conversation about how good they are to your dogs. NO dog should die there, it doesn’t matter of underlying health conditions and if that were the case it wouldn’t be said “we have no explanation”

      1. Well said Jasmine!
        I took my healthy puppy to pet smart for a bath which took them 4 hours. Once I picked her up she was terrified and freaking out. I would never ever take my puppy back there ever again!!!

        1. that’s what happened to our puppy. When he came home he was a different dog.Growling and biting me. Dr said that his liver and internal organ’s had been damaged. I also took him to a dog whisper and they told me he had been dropped. He was only 2lbs. He has since passed. R.I.P. Ble