A doggy daycare owner and groomer is being accused of severely beating a customer’s dog.
Catcher, a Jack Russell Terrier, went in for grooming at The Dog Zone in Longview, Washington and came out with a hemorrhage behind his eye.
Jen Comin, Catcher’s owner, rescued him three years ago. She said the dog had been abused in the past and is afraid of men due to the abuse. She said the groomer knew that and he decided to groom him anyways.
According to Catcher’s owner, one of the employees at The Dog Zone said they saw the doggy daycare owner/groomer vigorously shake and hit him. Comin said the veterinarian stated that the only reason her dog ended up with a hemorrhage behind his eye is if he had been shaken or hit by a blunt object to the head.
The owner of The Dog Zone, Doug Kalbery, said Catcher snapped at him and got a hold of his fingernail.
“At that point, I decided I was going to rehabilitate this dog, but I wasn’t asked to rehab this dog,” he said. He did admit he made a mistake.
Kalberg said he did not remember being told about Catcher’s abusive past. He tried to calm the dog by pinning him down and trying to get him to submit.
“At one point, I will fully admit that I yanked him too hard and he hit a wall,” Kalberg said. “So if there was any trauma on the head, I suspect that’s when that happened. I take care of dogs for a living and the last thing I want is anybody hurt.”
Comin said she will not go back to The Dog Zone again. She added that Kalberg should not be around animals and he should not be in this line of work.
Several employees testified to Kalberg’s inappropriate action. The county is looking into the situation and statements were turned over to the District Attorney for possible prosecution.
Source: KOMO News