RARITAN TWP., NJ– This is a story about Scruffles and it is not a pleased one.
Scruffles was an 8-year-old bulldog, a pet enjoyed by Danielle DiNapoli and her household. Their story has gone viral on Facebook with more than 14,000 shares and almost 10,000 remarks, leading DiNapoli to produce a “Justice for Scruffles” Facebook page.
DiNapoli said she just wants answers. She brought Scruffles to the PetSmart shop here for grooming on Dec. 29, which was the last time she saw her alive.
Inning accordance with DiNapoli, she got a voicemail from the shop that early morning that Scruffles was at Flemington Veterinary Health Center here.
DiNapoli confesses she was so hysterical that she asked a pal to drive her there.
Scruffles was seen by Dr. Peter Betz, who told DiNapoli that while personnel attempted to carry out CPR on Scruffles, the dog was dead upon arrival.
“Nobody from PetSmart existed to greet me, to discuss what occurred,” DiNapoli said. “They simply dropped the pet dog off like a pizza and left.”
DiNapoli has nothing however praise for the staff at the animal health center.
“They were just fantastic, they are extremely caring people,” DiNapoli stated. “They were fantastic. I could not have actually survived it without them.”
“It is with tears and distress I am writing this post,” DiNapoli wrote later on Facebook. “Please help us get the answer! My beautiful healthy Scruffles passed away yesterday at Animal Smart … while getting a standard grooming … They refuse to offer us information.”
Det. Sgt. Phil Amato of the New Jersey Society for the Avoidance of Cruelty to Animals stated today that the matter is under examination.
Scruffles is undergoing a “necropsy,” Amato said, which he discussed is the canine equivalent of an autopsy.
Arise from the necropsy could take 30 to 45 days, Amato said.
DiNapoli said PetSmart has informed her “the matter is under investigation,” but it hasn’t provided her with details.
“We are really saddened by the loss of Scruffles,” stated PetSmart in a declaration. “While an extensive internal examination is still ongoing, our preliminary findings indicate the associates included followed all policies and procedures constant with care and services offered to breeds such as bulldogs.
“Our ideas are with Scruffles’ family during this hard time, and we will remain in contact with them as we find out more.”