Petco Takes Full Responsibility for Death of Dog Baked in a Drying Cage


Earlier this week, a dog was baked to death at a Midlothian, Virginia, Petco grooming drying cage as a result of employee negligence. The devastating news swept social media, allowing people to voice their outrage with the death of the dog. On Thursday, the company released an official statement which said they take, “full responsibility in the death of Colby.”

The two-year-old Golden Retriever died from a heat stroke after being left in a drying cage for over 45 minutes at a temperature of at least 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the dog was taken to a local animal hospital, his internal temperature was still above 100 degrees after he had been dead for over one hour.

Following the incident, Petco temporarily suspended the employee who left Colby in the cage. The employee left the dog unattended after she clocked out to attend a friend’s graduation party. After an investigation, Petco stated all employees that were involved in the death of the dog have been terminated.

Although Petco originally released a statement that explained their drying cages do not use heat, they stated they will no longer use their current type of drying cage that is used in every store. Furthermore, employees will have to undergo more training and safety sessions to properly manage the grooming room.

By Alex Lemieux


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One Response to "Petco Takes Full Responsibility for Death of Dog Baked in a Drying Cage"

  1. Linda   June 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I had NOT seen this news article. I have taken my 2 dogs several times to PETCO for grooming. (two locations) I was NOT aware of how they blow them dry. It occurred to me, I never see them with a blow dryer and when I inquired about their procedure, the person on the telephone asked me if I was calling about the news and what happened?!!! No, I wasn’t calling about he news; I never heard it on the news. Something just told me to ask!! It never occurred to me the dogs were put in a huge dryer area and left to dry on their own with hot air all around them! How could they even breathe with the air blowing all around them??

    I have NOT been very happy with PETCO anyway. I made two appointments for my dogs for grooming and I was 8 (EIGHT) hours there waiting for them!! That’s WAAAAY too long. The manager explained that Saturday was a very busy day and I could cut my wait time by scheduling during the week. I did that. And, my wait time was only 5 hours! 5 hours for two dogs and $95.00 later. DONE WITH PETCO!!!!!


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