A New Jersey pet-grooming business is facing civil charges after a 6-year-old terrier was allegedly paralyzed while being cared for at the facility.
The terrier, named Ozzie, was eventually euthanized because of the extent of his injuries, according to a recent NJ.com story.
Humane Police Capt. Rick Yocum, with the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or SPCA, told NJ.com that two civil summonses had been filed against Furever Friends Grooming of Cranford, New Jersey. One summons is for allegedly causing the death of a living animal. The other is for failing to provide necessary care to a living animal.
A news release, posted to the New Jersey SPCA’s Facebook Page, indicates that the charges carry a maximum of $7,000 in fines.
According to the release, Ozzie’s owner left the dog at the business on May 13 for a 9 a.m. grooming appointment.
The owner was said to have a received a call a few hours later saying Ozzie’s grooming was complete and he could be picked up. When the owner arrived and paid for the services, staff then carried the dog out to the owner’s car.
The owner then asked why Ozzie had to be carried to the car and he was told the dog had “injured his back or broke his leg," the release indicates.
The owner immediately took Ozzie to Garden State Vet Services where the dog was diagnosed as being “acutely paralyzed in the hind end ... with deep pain in the hind end,” according to the news release.
Ozzie was euthanized because of the extent of his injuries. The dog’s regular veterinarian reportedly told police that Ozzie had been in excellent health with no significant medical history prior to the incident.
No criminal charges have been filed in the case because the business has not indicated which employees were caring for the dog while he was at the facility, the news release reports.
Police, when asked by NJ.com, declined to speculate as to how Ozzie could have been injured.
Representatives from Furever Friends reportedly did not return calls from NJ.com requesting comment.
The summonses are scheduled to be heard in court July 20.
Photo Credit: Wikipedia, SPCA Humane Police via NJ.com