Medlothian, VA – Colby was 2 years old and in the prime of his life when Allison Marks took him for his routine grooming on May 29, 2015 at Petco Westchester Commons. A short time later she received a call from the manager at Petco telling her Colby had been rushed to the local animal hospital and to meet them there. What a terrifying ride that must have been. When she arrived at the clinic, she saw Colby lying on a table with his eyes glazed over.
It was determined Colby died of heat stroke, and was left in the dryer cage while his groomer had gone to attend a graduation. The vet told Marks that Colby’s body temperature was still 105 degrees an hour after he had died. Petco is stating that no heat was used in the dryer – Petco says “no heat” used in cage dryer that family claims killed golden retriever”
Petco released the following statement:
“All of us at Petco are heartbroken by Colby’s passing. The health and safety of pets is always our top priority and we take full responsibility for all animals under our care.”
Allison tells ABC news “They didn’t even tell me why I had to go there, just that one of the managers would meet me there, “I walked into it blind.”
Full story from ABC news here.
There is now uproar on the internet about groomers and dryer cages. There is currently no licensing requirements for groomers in the US.
I can honestly say I have almost always bathed my dogs at home, and now will continue to do so. When I blow dry Tucker I give him breaks when I see he is getting restless. I would also like to add my humble, un-professional opinion that dogs don’t need to be bathed that regularly. A few times a year, or after a good roll in the mud is fine. The soaps strip the natural oils from their coats. From the research I did, most vets recommend bathing your dog once a month. I disagree with this. Of course there are some exceptions to this rule. My dog doesn’t stink at all, and I brush him about once a week or so, and deal with the fluff balls accordingly, but his coat is amazing and he has no smell. I think it totally depends on the dog and the situation, including diet, etc.
Will you take your pet to a groomer who uses a dryer cage now?