Jen Mota wants PetSmart to review and change their policy of permitting large, un-muzzled dogs into their stores. Her one-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Ty, was attacked by a husky in a PetSmart in Canada and later died from his injuries.
But a spokesperson for PetSmart said they will not review their store policy and things will stay the same.
Tracey Conrad of PetSmart’s corporate office said, “Our policy is all dogs must be leashed and all leashed animals are welcome. We ask that if you know your dog is aggressive that you don’t bring it in the store.”
Mota brought Ty into a PetSmart store to pick out a new toy. Normally, Mota carries the three-pound terrier in her arms, but in the store, she felt comfortable putting him down and walking him on his leash.
When Mota and Ty were waiting in line, one of the two huskies that they saw earlier in the store suddenly became interested in Ty.
Mota said, “It just lunged and had him in its mouth. It didn’t sniff him or growl. It just picked him up and shook him.”
All the three dogs became tangled together, and Mota said she couldn’t get to Ty. Before she knew it, there was blood all over, and the husky dropped a motionless Ty onto the floor.
The PetSmart manager rushed over and took him to the adjoining veterinary hospital. Still uncertain of what happened, Mota thought Ty would just have to have stitches, but the force of the husky’s jaw broke Ty’s back and he died from the injuries.
The owner of the huskies was gone by the time the police arrived on the scene. The owner did leave his contact information at the store, and the police was not able to provide any information about the owner of the huskies.
Mota has been extremely distraught over Ty’s death and said he was just like family and he would go everywhere she went.
PetSmart did pay for the medical bills and for Ty’s cremation. The manager said he has made sure that employees have been reminded of how to handle aggressive dogs.
Mota said she just wants answers and for someone to be held accountable. She said she still has not heard from the owner of the huskies.
The police are still investigating the incident and so far, no charges have been made against the owner.
Source: The Record