Police: Groomer Charged in Dog’s Death

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BROOKLYN, Ohio — Charges have been brought against a local pet groomer after a family’s dog died while allegedly in her care.

Brooklyn Police Chief Scott Mielke tells Fox 8 News that the groomer, Kalie Balestra, has been charged with animal neglect related to the June 21st incident inside the Pet Supplies Plus in Brooklyn’s Ridge Park Square.

According to police, the two-year-old Schnoodle, named Nannie, was left unattended on a table with its head in a groomer’s noose. Nannie had been dropped off for a shampoo and hair cut.

The dog’s owner, Paula Schoch, told Fox 8 News’ Lorrie Taylor that Nannie fell off the table and no one was there to save the animal from being hanged.

According to officials with The City of Brooklyn Mayor’s Court, Balestra will appear on the charge on July 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Balestra faces a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if found guilty.