Third dog dies during grooming appointment at PetSmart

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Third dog dies during grooming appointment at PetSmart Third dog dies during grooming appointment at PetSmart
TOMS RIVER -

A dog dropped off at a PetSmart has become the third to die at one of the stores in New Jersey in less than five months.

Chuck Crawford says that he dropped off his two corgis, Abby and Harley, at the Toms River PetSmart for grooming March 29. He says he got a phone call about an hour later saying he needed to pick up Abby's carcass.

Crawford says he has "extreme anger and extreme grief," and he doesn't know what happened to Abby.

A spokesperson for PetSmart released a statement that said in part, “An internal review was conducted to help us better understand the timeline of events and what happened. We do not, however, have access to the results of the necropsy, which would likely help clarify the circumstances which caused Abby’s unfortunate passing.”

The spokesperson also stated that PetSmart was “deeply saddened by Abby’s passing.”

Previously a woman's bulldog died during an appointment at a Flemington PetSmart on Dec. 29. Another woman lost her pet Dec. 24 at the same store.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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