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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