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Death at a PetSmart

Linda Deris took her dog Daisy May to the PetSmart in Abingdon earlier this month to buy her a leash.

And something terrible happened.

Daisy May, a beagle-collie mix, approached another customer’s dog — described in an ABC2 report as a bulldog — and before anybody could stop it, the bulldog bit Daisy May on her back.

“He just chomped down on her back and started throwing her around like she was a rag doll,” Deris told the TV station.

Five people tried to stop the attack, but not soon enough. Daisy May died on the way to the veterinarians office. Deris said the bulldog’s owner was given a citation and allowed to take the dog home.

Jennifer Simmons, a spokeswoman for PetSmart, said in a statement, “This was an extremely unfortunate incident and came as a complete surprise to us and the pet parents of both dogs. To our knowledge … the dog did not show any signs of aggressive behavior during interactions with other people and pets.”

Commenters on the TV station’s website include one self-proclaimed witness who said the two dogs met and wagged their tails. “Then the two owners ceased to watch their dogs. Store associates observed the bulldog staring at the beagle, tail wagging, as if he was looking at a toy, which was when he grabbed the beagle around the scruff area, as if he had a toy.”

“While this was a tragic accident, and something I hope I never see again, the fact of the matter is that when you combine two unfamiliar dogs, and a lack of supervision, you’ve got a recipe for disaster,” the witness added.

Deris told the television station she’s been having nightmares about the attack and is on medication. She adopted a new dog last week. “She was an angel, she was my world,” she said of her dog. “She just was the sweetest disposition you’d ever want.”


Comment from MG
Time September 17, 2008 at 10:45 am

Pet Smart is right it was extremely unfortunate but they shouldn`t act surprised because it wasn`t their first incident.

A Yorkshire Terrier was killed by a Husky at a Pet Smart Store in Kitchener,Ontario Canada.

Here`s the story on a Forum


and a link to the story itself.


The video doesn`t work at my end but it might just be me.

It`s amazing how difficult this story is to find.
If this was another type of “killer” dog this would be in thousands of Archives.

Nobody seems to care when it`s a Husky doing the killing at PetSmart.
What`s up with that?

It looks like PetSmart and their customers better keep better tabs on their dogs when shopping or perhaps stop this practice of letting strange dogs mingle.

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time September 17, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I’m trying to figure out the ignorance level of any owner or pet store employee who thinks that seeing a dog’s tail wagging always means everything is dandy. Seeing the larger dog “staring at the beagle, tail wagging, as if he was looking at a toy” is a dead giveaway. Dogs need more–not less—supervision when they’re in confined spaces together and on leashes.

Comment from MG
Time September 17, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Oh lookie here

Dog dies at PetSmart while being groomed.

Get a Furminator
and steer clear of PetSmart.
Houston,I think we have a problem.
I don`t think I`d be happy with a House Plant to replace my pet but maybe I`m just fussy.

Pit Bull Owners,be happy and relieved that PetSmart doesn`t want your dogs in doggie daycare.
That decision may have saved your dogs life.

Comment from carey
Time September 18, 2008 at 7:55 am

Unfortunately, it is a common misconception that a wagging tail means a dog is happy/friendly.

I am (happily) shocked that this did not get pinned as a “pitbull” story. Apparently the dog involved was an American Bulldog.

I will say this again, for the billionth time….if you own a dog, especially a large breed, you have an OBLIGATION to be able to control your dog AT ALL TIMES. Ideally, by voice command. As a last resort, your dog reacts *immediately* to the leash/physical contact. Had this been the case (or if I was there) that little dog would still be alive today.