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Family Dog Found Dead After Groomer Mix-Up

CBS – A Stevenson Ranch woman has to bury her beloved dog after a mix-up at the groomers.

For some people, a pet is not just a pet, but a member of the family.

For Jo Joshua of Stevenson Ranch, she just wanted her pet dog to be well-groomed for the holidays.  But now she has to bury her dog.

“Teddy was not only a dog. He was my friend,” she said.

Joshua dropped off her beloved Teddy (Bear) at the groomer Wednesday.

It would be the last time she would see the five-year-old bichon frise alive.

It was a mix-up at the groomer that led to Teddy’s death.

According to Joshua, her son picked up Teddy in the afternoon and when he brought the dog home, she noticed it wasn’t her dog.

Joshua called the pet grooming store immediately and told them that they had given her the wrong dog.

Joshua found out that Teddy was sent home with another customer 20 miles away in Canyon Country.

When that customer got home and placed Teddy on the doorstep, Teddy ran away Joshua said.

Over the weekend Joshua handed out more than a thousand fliers looking for Teddy.

Family, friends, strangers and even the groomer helped in the search for Teddy and offered up half of the reward.
Calls to the groomer for this story were not returned.
On Sunday morning, a Metrolink worker had found Teddy by the train tracks.

“I could just see his fluffy body and you know I broke down and I was crying,” Joshua said.

For now, Joshua said her other dog has been her comfort.

She wants other pet owners to learn from her loss and insists that groomers keep track of their pets.

“We really need to tag animals when they go get washed. I think this is probably every owner’s worst nightmare,” Joshua said.
(This story is unrelated to the business named The Groomer located in Winnetka, California

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December 1, 2009 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pets, responsible pet ownership, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment