Warning: This video may want to make you punch someone! Many Petco stores offer grooming services, but an employee at this particular store in Atlanta went from dog grooming to dog abuse… and it was all caught on camera. Here’s what happened:
Petco’s grooming stations have a glass front where customers can watch their pooches get clipped and brushed. It’s a great idea and a fun way for the retail chain to keep customers engaged with their pets during grooming time. But it also shines a very bright spotlight on the employees hired to perform these services.
And a concerned customer caught one employee handling a dog very roughly during a normal grooming routine. According to the eyewitness, the groomer was trying to cut the dog’s nails when the pooch pulled his paw away. The groomer then started smacking the table and grabbing at the dog’s leg. When the poor dog started panicking, the employee yanked two more times at the leg.
The woman recorded the abuse and immediately went inside to complain to the manager. The manager’s response? “I’ll try to say something to him.” The woman posted the video on her Facebook page and it quickly went viral.
Petco responded to the video, saying “There are strict grooming protocols in place to ensure the safety and well-being of pets, and we are very concerned by the conduct of the groomer in this video.” They went on to say that, after a thorough investigation, Petco had fired the employee in question.
In the video, the employee’s face has been blurred out but you can clearly see the dog being abused. Take a look and let us know what you think!