June 2, 2015 9:30 am -


A woman who took her dog to Petco to be groomed was shocked to find that Colby had died because the technician left for the day.

Allison Marks told ABC News today she dropped off 2-year-old Colby at a Petco in Midlothian, Virginia, early Friday morning and was told he’d be finished around noon. Marks said she started worrying when she didn’t hear from the groomers by 1 p.m., so she called and was told to go to a local animal clinic.

She said she walked in and saw Colby on the vet’s table with “glazed over” eyes. Marks said the Petco assistant manager told her they had given Colby a bath and he was in the drying unit when they found him.

Marks said the Petco assistant manager told her that the groomer who had been working on Colby left to go to a graduation.

Petco says it has suspended the grooming technician pending an investigation.



D.B. Hirsch
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10 responses to Dog Dies In Drying Cage Because Groomer Left To Go To Graduation

  1. allison1050 June 2nd, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Who else was working in the grooming section?

  2. Gindy51 June 2nd, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    SUSPENDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How about fired and a lawsuit against the whole fucking place and the idiot “groomer”. Name it and shame it. STAT.

  3. F_cons June 2nd, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Just one of the reasons I always gave my dog the bath myself and dried her myself. PetSmart would let me, for an additional fee, because my 176 lb Rottie was pretty scarry.

    • whatthe46 June 2nd, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      i would pay you to wash your 176 lb dog. that’s a big dog.

      • F_cons June 2nd, 2015 at 1:56 pm

        She was a beauty! I miss her every day since I lost her about 4 years ago. At least she passed peacefully.

        • whatthe46 June 2nd, 2015 at 7:09 pm

          sorry to hear that.

        • whatthe46 June 2nd, 2015 at 7:09 pm

          and about the beauty part, i bet she was.

  4. tracey marie June 2nd, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Heated the dog and killed it, press charges and sue petco and the groomer!

  5. Dwendt44 June 2nd, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    She’s going to need that degree or diploma starting tomorrow.

  6. illinoisboy1977 June 3rd, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Petco should offer her millions to settle, right now. As the employer of that technician, they’re ultimately responsible for the dog’s death.