Edinburg woman blames groomer listed on Craigslist for puppy's death
Sat, 15 Feb 2014 05:26:02 GMT —
At just seven-months-old, a Shih Tzu named Minnie captured the Guardado family's heart in Edinburg.
"She's fun, hyper and very playful," Maribel Guardado, a mother of six children said.
But everything changed about two weeks ago.
"He handed her over and Minnie was just lifeless," Maribel explained.
She blames her puppy's groomer in Edcouch.
"I went on Craigslist and I found her, My Favorite Groomer," Maribel said. "I called them and they gave me a good price."
Financially strapped, it's a decision Maribel would later regret.
She still remembers the phone call that came in shortly after dropping Minnie off.
"At 2:30 I got a call from the husband that he had made a little cut on the back of her ear and it was an accident and he wanted to know if he could take her to the vet as a precaution," she remembered.
By the time Maribel picked Minnie up, the little cut wasn't so little at all, according to her.
"At that point we started to argue because I lifted up her ear and she had a 4" cut," Maribel said.
Minnie died 48 hours later.
Maribel says her attempts since the incident to verify My Favorite Groomer's alleged veterinarian care after the cut netted no response.
"I'm very, very upset," she said. "Disgusted. I can't even explain it."
Multiple attempts to reach the owners of My Favorite Groomer in Edcouch for a comment have also been unsuccessful both by phone and at the property they provide for their business.
Shortly after Action 4's Ryan Wolf started investigating claims surrounding Minnie's death the groomer's Facebook was removed.
But not before a scathing message is posted by the business that Action 4 News recorded.
It describes Minnie as looking "malnourished" and "neglected" prior to grooming.
The online note also describes Maribel as someone simply out for a "payday" when asked if they had insurance.
Maribel believes My Favorite Groomer lied about taking Minnie to the vet and doesn't know who gave her stitches or medicine.
"I went cheap and it cost the life of my dog and I regret it," Maribel said.
There is no state regulation for dog groomers.
However, a business license is required, which My Favorite Groomer did not have for the listed property at 316 Highland, according to records at city hall.
Maribel plans to take civil action in the case.