Another dog dies after visit to West Knoxville groomer

Another dog dies after visit to West Knoxville groomer

Posted: Updated: Dec 2, 2008 02:30 PM EST
Knoxville attorney Tom Ramsey says his family lost their healthy, five-year old Beagle, "Moxie," after taking her to get groomed at Happy Tails the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Knoxville attorney Tom Ramsey says his family lost their healthy, five-year old Beagle, "Moxie," after taking her to get groomed at Happy Tails the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

By KRISTYN CADDELL
6 News Reporter 

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Another family's dog has died after a visit to a local pet groomer where other pets have died, 6 News has learned.

Family members say they believe their dog was harmed while at Happy Tails Pet Spa in West Knoxville.

In February, 6 News reported several owners had said their dogs died after services at Happy Tails.

Knoxville attorney Tom Ramsey says his family lost their healthy, five-year old beagle, "Moxie," after taking her to get groomed at Happy Tails the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

When their teenage son went to pick her up, the owner, Erik Webb, came running out with Moxie in his arms and told their son to follow him to his father's vet office, Rocky Hill Animal Clinic.

The Ramseys say Dr. Webb pronounced Moxie dead. 

"I cannot believe this happened, She just went in for a bath and it is horrible to have to explain to my kids," Kim Ramsey says.

"This is just beyond my comprehension. I am still in shock," said the Ramsey's son, Ryan.

Webb claims Moxie died of a seizure.

However, the Ramseys weren't satisfied with that conclusion and took Moxie to their vet. After a necropsy was performed at UT, results show she died from heat exhaustion and blunt trauma. 

"This dog suffered severe trauma and had multiple hemorrhages," the Ramsey family's vet, Dr. Denise Frazier, told 6 News. "This death and the others need to be explained."

Moxie had three broken ribs and a lacerated liver, which caused her to bleed to death.

Happy Tails currently has 10 complaints against it with the Better Business Bureau and has an unsatisfactory record. 

Additionally, three lawsuits have been filed against Happy Tails for negligence regarding the deaths of other animals within the past three years.  

Webb says Moxie's death was an accident, and he claims the dog tried to attack him and that's when he let go of her. Webb says her ribs were cracked at that time. 

Webb was scheduled to meet 6 News for an interview Monday night, but he never showed up.

Earlier, Webb told 6 News he didn't call the Ramseys because he was so busy trying to get the dog off of him. He says there are slight marks on him from the attack.

He added that he didn't know why the necropsy would show Moxie had heat exhaustion.

Webb also claimed there have been death threats made against him.   

 

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