Punish Daycare Workers Accused of Confining Dog in Hot Crate Until She Died

Target: Michael Morrissey, District Attorney for Norfolk County, Massachusetts

 Goal: Punish the daycare staff members who allegedly forced a dog into a small crate, causing her to overheat and die.

A dog overheated and died after daycare workers allegedly kept her in a small crate for 12 hours. Per investigators, the dog was unable to turn around or properly pant inside of the crate. Demand justice for this innocent dog.

Weymouth Police Animal Control Officers suspended K-9 Daycare’s license to operate after Luna, a Siberian husky, reportedly died in their care. Per investigators, staff members forced Luna to stay inside of a crate that was far too small to safely accommodate a dog of her size. Luna could not turn around or straighten her legs, investigators stated, and she was stuck in a fetal position without access to water. This reportedly led to Luna overheating and eventually dying due to respiratory failure.

Katherine Smith, the owner of K-9 Daycare, and employee Dale Wilson were each charged with one count of animal cruelty. They maintain their innocence. Sign below to demand that Smith and Wilson receive the maximum penalty possible, if convicted.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear District Attorney Morrissey,

A dog died of respiratory failure after daycare workers allegedly forced her into a crate far too small for her size. The crate was reportedly so restrictive that the dog could not turn around or straighten her legs. We demand justice for this poor dog.

Katherine Smith and Dale Wilson are each facing one count of animal cruelty after they allegedly allowed a dog to overheat and die inside inside of a restrictive crate. The K-9 Daycare staff reportedly placed Luna, a Siberian husky, into a crate 26.5 inches long. This meant that Luna count not stand up or straighten her legs, investigators stated, and she was forced to remain in a fetal position without access to water. Necropsy reports showed that Luna could not properly pant, leading to hyperthermia and respiratory failure. K-9 Daycare has been closed pending the investigation.

This poor dog died painfully and the people responsible must be punished. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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145 Comments

  1. Simon Rimmer says:

    Animal cruelty must become a death penalty crime. This is animal cruelty!!! The assholes should be put in a car and roasted to death!!!

  2. Give those barbaric phycos a death sentence. No excuses.

  3. Take those two owners and lock up each of them in a small cage for 12 hours in 100 degree weather.
    Make sure they can’t stand up or turn around.
    If they survive…well whatever…an eye for an eye.

  4. I am a stones throw away from Katie. She called me the next day. Had no regard for the poor dogs anything. Asked only. In the worst tone, have I ever heard of a dog dying in a crat too small. That’s it. I’ll be at her hearing. Luna died a long death. What isn’t mentioned is she boarded in the death crate beginning Friday on Memorial Day weekend. Friday until Tuesday in a tiny jammed crate. I am bullshit.

    • Allison Mccoy says:

      What a disgusting witch. Poor Luna. How did this psychopath stay in business for so long?! She should be forbidden from working with or owning a pet for the remainder of her life!!!!!

  5. My dog attended that daycare for a year and a half. At first things seemed fine but I started to question their true caring for the dogs through random comments I would overhear by employees as well as videos posted by the owner. The owner definitely had her favorites and my dog (which happens to be a husky) was obviously not a favorite. While I don’t think everyone has to love my dog, I did notice that my dog was hardly ever in posted videos, so I often wondered where is my dog while so many other dogs are joyfully playing. One comment that the owner made about Luna, the beautiful white husky that lost her life, made me quite upset. The owner had told town officials that “Luna suffered from separation anxiety and showed aggression towards other dogs, so keeping her in a smaller crate helped” (quoted from an article in a local paper). What the heck! And to make matters so much more bizarre, her website states over and over again that the facility is “cage-free.” The following lines are copy and pasted from the K-9 website:

    “Since opening in October 2010, K-9 Daycare is your dog’s best choice in the South Shore for a Cage-Free Day Care & Overnite Boarding. We are open 7 days a week, offer a state of the art Grooming Facility and offer Training Classes.
    Owners must have their dogs meet certain requirements prior to coming in on a scheduled interview appointment. Interviews are done in a Day Care environment Monday thru Friday, and a personal tour will be give to the owners at that time as well. We’ve remained consistently selective in the dogs we accept as members and have devoted customers who appreciate K-9 Daycare for being very different than the other cage-free kennels in town.
    Our 4,000 sq. ft. cage-free facility was designed to make your dog’s stay as enjoyable as being at home, but with a few more friends and lots more outdoor and indoor space. K-9 Daycare’s extremely clean and secure environment is the safest cage-free facility for your most treasured possession, your dog!
    K-9 Daycare demonstrates its professionalism and appreciation to their customers by greeting them by name and by our commitment in remembering that K-9 Daycare Members are all individual dogs with various personalities and needs.”

    Need I say more? By the way, my dog has been happily enrolled in another doggie daycare for over 2 years now, and my dog’s new daycare is awesome.

    • Allison Mccoy says:

      She’s a psychopath, they’ll give her a slap on the wrist. These judges act like dogs can’t feel pain. You were very lucky this didn’t happen to your dog. I have a husky too but no breed deserves this, NONE

      • Trish Katwrangler W says:

        No animal deserves to die in a “professional’s” care. Or anyone’s care, for that matter. Dog, cat, horse …

        The judge needs to use some braincells and remember that sweet pup or adorable kitten he/she might have had, or still does. Anyone with eyes and a heart KNOWS all animals are loving, and feel the same pain and terror a person does in a bad situation.

  6. THIS is CRUELTY JUSTICE JUSTICE JUSTICE JUSTICE NEEDS TO BE SERVED

  7. Trish Katwrangler W says:

    Throw this psycho Katherine Smith and her POS employee Dale Wilson in prison for murder. From another comment I understand poor Luna suffered much longer then 12 hours (?) Appalling.

    If that were my dog, I’d be out for nothing less than blood.

    Lex talionis!

  8. This dog daycare needs a full investigation. Obviously they have lied to the authorities about poor Luna. Did they not even bother to check on Luna and see how distressed she had become. This is just neglect in the extreme degree. No one expects their dog to be treated this way by people are getting paid to look after their pets. I would be absolutely livid if it were one of mine and I would pursue them to the ends of the earth to get justice.
    My sympathy to Luna’s poor family

  9. Put these two SOB’s in a crate to receive the same punishment!!! Animal cruelty needs to be stopped & those committing this crime given the same punishment. When will this crime be given more punishment than just one count? My heart aches for Luna’s family.

  10. Inhumane violent sadistic pair of psychopaths need crated for for days where they cannot stand or sit or breath or move. The only way to stop this torture. That won’t happen but locking them up for life should, and even then its too good….

  11. And they must not be allowed near any animal ever again if they get out of jail

  12. What idiots these are , makes me so angry for this beautiful dog

  13. RIP POOR LUNA AND WE THE PUBLIC DEMAND, YES DEMAND JUSTICE FOR YOUR UNNECESSARY AND HORRIFICALLY CRUEL MURDER BY THESE TWO. I HOPE LUNA’S OWNERS TAKE THESE TWO TO COURT AND GET THEIR BUSINESS CLOSED AND THEY ARE BANNED FROM BEING AROUND OR HAVING ANY ANIMALS EVER. WE ARE WATCHING TO MAKE SURE THIS HAPPENS.

    OWNERS, CALL ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND AND SEE IF THEY CAN HELP MAKE SURE THESE TWO ARE SEVERELY PUNISHED FOR WHAT THEY PURPOSELY DID TO LUNA. THIS STORY MAKES ME SICK AND AMD AS HELL.

    ******JUSTICE FOR LUNA!!!!!****************

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