Justice for Dog That Died During Grooming Session

Target: Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo District Attorney

Goal: Punish man who allegedly killed a dog during its grooming session.

The owner of Henry, a small dachshund, never expected that his dog would not survive a grooming session at PetSmart. A few minutes into the grooming, the dog started bleeding from the mouth and quickly died, with x-rays showing significant and unnatural injuries. The groomer is under suspicion of intentionally killing the dog. Even if the death was not intentional, the dog died under the groomer’s supervision, and the groomer should face the consequences.

When Henry was dropped off at PetSmart, Juan Zarate was put in charge of grooming him. However, three minutes into the grooming session, Zarate came out holding the dog and said that he was suffering a medical emergency. The small dog was bleeding from the mouth and had trouble breathing. An on-site veterinarian tried to provide emergency measures, but the life quickly drained from the tiny dachshund.

The police determined that Zarate had deliberately harmed the dog, for an x-ray showed that the dog had two broken ribs and a punctured lung. Henry was only a year old, and had shown no sign of medical problems before the grooming session.

Whether or not Zarate intentionally killed the dog does not matter, for he did not take care to prevent the dog from dying while in his custody. This man needs to be appropriately punished for the death of the innocent dachshund.


Dear Attorney Wagstaffe,

Henry, a small, one year-old dachshund, died while in the care or Juan Zarate, a groomer at PetSmart. Only three minutes into the grooming session, Zarate said that the dog was experiencing a medical emergency. The dog was bleeding from its mouth and having trouble breathing, and even though there was a veterinarian available to perform emergency procedures, Henry quickly died.

X-rays showed that the dog had two broken ribs and a punctured lung, which is not something that often occurs naturally. The dog also displayed no health problems before the grooming session, and did not suffer from old age. Police determined that Zarate had deliberately harmed the dog; however, even if it was all an accident, Zarate did not take care to prevent the dog from getting hurt.

Pet owners should not have to fear that their pets will not survive a supposedly harmless grooming session. Punish Juan Zarate for his negligence and failure to keep a dog safe while in his care.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Raven Underwood

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One Comment

  1. It’s beyond me why anyone would take their dogs to be groomed at Petsmart. I’ve witnessed firsthand how roughly they handle dogs being groomed. When I complained to management about a little dog crying because the groomer was brushing him so hard I was told “how do you know the owner isn’t ok with it”….really?

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