Last week an Olympia woman named Rhonda Skinner Nutt posted on Facebook that her mother’s 9-year-old long haired chihuahua died during a grooming session at West Coast K9, an Olympia pet grooming company.
A veterinarian did a necropsy on the dog, BB, and determined that she “slowly strangled” during the 45-minute grooming session.
The necropsy noted official cause of death was “pulmonary congestion and endema (fluid buildup) of vessels in the upper part of the head.” The fluid accumulated while BB suffocated during the grooming session. The necropsy also found fluid buildup in her lungs.
After BB died, Ms. Nutt, her mother, her step-father and her brother watched a video of the session recorded by one of West Coast K9’s cameras.
This is how Ms. Nutt described in her post what she saw on the video:
“Her back end was weak and she kept sitting. It got worse and worse over 40 minutes or so before her whole body went limp. She had blood drops come out of her nose and mouth before she even went completely limp. They never once tried comforting her, petting her, nothing. Just layed her lifeless body on the cement floor and left her there by herself while they made phone calls. She was there for approximately 8 minutes before they decided to take her to vet…just a couple blocks down the road.”
Ms. Nutt told me that the video showed the grooming loop used by BB’s groomer strangled her (most groomers will slip a grooming loop around a dog’s neck to keep the dog upright and steady as it’s groomed).
I emailed West Coast K9 on Monday and Tuesday to get their side of the story but I never heard back from anyone.
Just before I posted this story Ms. Nutt told me that West Coast K9 paid $819 for BB’s vet bill, necropsy, and cremation.
I’ll continue to follow this story and report any new developments. Here’s what Ms. Nutt posted on her Facebook page in its entirety:
“A couple weeks ago my mom and step-dad took their little long haired chihuahua to WEST COAST K-9 on Harrison Ave for grooming. Little did they know it was the last time they would see BB alive.
They finally received the necropsy report back today and it shows that she was slowly strangled for about 45 minutes of grooming until she finally collapsed. We watched the video of her entire grooming and it was so sad and painful to watch. She was in distress after the first 10 minutes, then progressively got worse until her body finally went limp.
At that point the groomer set BB’s poor, lifeless body on the cement floor while she made phone calls. It was approximately 8 minutes from the time BB collapsed to the time they finally decided to take her to the vet…..which was only a couple blocks away.
During the time she was being strangled fluid was building up on her brain. When the groomer released the choker all the fluid went down into her lungs. Please share this if you know anyone who takes their pets there for grooming. I hope to save another family from going through what my mom and step-dad have.”