GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville Police confirm to WNCT that no criminal charges will be filed against a Yuppy Puppy employee following the death of an English bulldog puppy two weeks ago.
It’s a story WNCT has covered extensively, after a family came forward saying their 6-month-old dog died after going to the salon for a bath.
After airing the original story, WNCT heard from at least a dozen other dog owners who said their pet was also injured after going to Yuppy Puppy.
Greenville Police sent the puppy that died off to the state lab for a necropsy to determine the cause of death. The test showed no evidence of trauma or strangulation.
According to the necropsy results, the dog had features of a condition called brachycephalic airway syndrome, which can compromise normal respiration. Stress, excitement, increased environmental temperature and humidity can all increase breathing difficult in animals with the condition.
Yuppy Puppy Owner Carrie Wells said she and her employees have received harassing and threatening calls since the incident. She said they didn’t contact the family of the puppy after their lawyer informed them not to.
“We are absolutely sorry that your dog lost his life,” Wells said while speaking about the puppy. “We also want every groomer, everybody out there to know and to be aware that this is something that can happen if you have this breed of dog.”
Greenville Police say because they can’t prove it was criminal intent on the part of the dog salon employee, criminal charges can’t be filed.
Wells said she hopes this gives the community closure in the case so that her business can get back to normal.
“I want my business back of course, but mainly I want my girls to have justification because they did nothing wrong,” she said.
Wells, who is set to open another grooming location in Raleigh, said many of the comments against her have been false. She said of the tens of thousands of dogs they’ve groomed since 2014, there have only been 16 cases she has records of where the dog has been taken to the vet. She said many of those have been due to eye irritation or razor burn.
Wells also said some dogs don’t react well to groomers, and often times get scared in a new environment, which can sometimes lead to injuries.
The family tells WNCT’s Josh Birch they still plan to file a civil lawsuit against Yuppy Puppy.