PetSmart Sued For Puppy’s Death After English Bulldog Was Allegedly Strangled


Rita, the adorable four-month-old English bulldog puppy depicted above, was allegedly strangled to death while in the care of PetSmart’s groomers, the LA Weekly first reported.

The owners of the pup, Veronica Espinoza and John Benitez, filed a lawsuit against the store Monday. The owners’ attorney, Jill Ryther, gave The Huffington Post an account of what happened on the tragic day of the doggie’s death.

Rita’s owners dropped her off on May 12, 2011 at 8 a.m. at the PetSmart in Downey, Calif. Two hours later, they received a call from the store saying that Rita was throwing up blood and that they needed to take her to a veterinarian right away. Espinoza and Benitez rushed over and took Rita to the vet, where she died 45 minutes later.

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