Petco groomer fired for ‘roughing up’ dog

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BUCKHEAD, Georgia- A groomer at a Georgia Petco was fired after video showed him roughing up one dog.

Through the window of the Petco in Buckhead, Hanna Marie Pellisier could see the groomer pulling at the dog’s legs. She posted the recording on her Facebook page and it’s been shared more than 20,000 times by outraged viewers.

“When the dog still wouldn’t calm down and give him his paw, he kind of just started pulling on the paw, and using his body to push the dog around the table,” Pellisier told WSB-TV in Atlanta Georgia.

Petco released the following statement:

“At Petco, the health and safety of pets and people is always our top priority, and we take full responsibility for all animals under our care. There are strict grooming protocols in place to ensure the safety and well-being of pets, and we are very concerned by the conduct of the groomer in this video. As such, after a thorough investigation, this employee is no longer at Petco. We are in contact with both the concerned individual who took the video and the pet parent and can confirm that the dog is home and in good health.”

“We appreciate the outreach from the pet community, and look forward to continuing to serve you.  Please continue to reach out to us if you have any additional questions or concerns.”