BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– Buffalo Police say they are investigating the death of a Shih Tzu mix dog at the Niagara Street Pawprints By Penny & Co.
According to the police report, a 23-year-old employee put a slip lead on the 3-year-old dog and slammed it against the wall Saturday night. The dog died from its injuries.
“To have to tell the owner and to have to tell the other owners and hope they still can trust us and that we’re doing everything in our power to ensure the safety of their pets,” said Penelope Lannich, owner of Pawprints by Penny & Co.
The company is calling this a “rogue act” by a former employee, who was terminated immediately. Lannich says she’s horrified by the incident.
“It’s unbelievable to see, it’s unbelievable to hear or even think that somebody we entrusted with the care of the dogs entrusted to us would actually be able to do that,” said Lannich.
Lannich says although there were other dogs at the daycare center at the time, it seems none of them were hurt.
Kyle Lannich, a manager, says the employee worked as a daycare attendant and wasn’t a new employee. He describes him as laid back and easy-going.
“He’s always been calm, so there’s just no warning, no red flags,” said Kyle Lannich.
They’re working with police to make sure the alleged perpetrator is held responsible for their actions.
The SPCA is also investigating. No charges have been filed yet.