Mike LaSalvia return home early from a Mexican vacation only to make a horrible discovery on his nanny cam.
LaSalvia’s pit bull Leo had stayed with Tails R Waggin’ Doggie Daycare on many occasions when LaSalvia had to be out of town.
He had no reservations about leaving Leo behind, as he had always believed he was in excellent hands.
He’s not sure what caused him to check in on Leo on that particular day, but he stopped his vacation activities to pull up the Tails R Waggin cam to see if Leo was ok.
What he saw broke his heart, but he was so grateful to have seen it!
He immediately called his sister and told her to go get Leo out of the facility as soon as possible. And, that he was catching the first available plane to come home.
His sister did as he asked, and after a long tiring wait for a seat and then the flight back to Ohio from Mexico, Leo and LaSalvia were reunited.
Leo didn’t look any the worse for wear. And he didn’t seem cowed or timid from the experience. If LaSalvia hadn’t seen it for himself, he would have never suspected.
What he had seen on the video was his dog being stepped on and then dragged across a floor by his collar (legs off the floor, choking him) and then him being kicked into another room.
The owner and founder of Tails R Waggin, Rebecca Brockmeyer, expressed shock and dismay as she told FOX8 that the woman in the video was the franchise owner of 2 Tails R Waggin locations, including the one Leo had been staying at.
The woman’s franchise agreement has been revoked since this video came to light and she is banned from the property.
Brockmeyer released a statement in an attempt to reassure other clients that this type of behavior will not be tolerated from any employees.
She said: “...I conclude my statement with a plea to the public to not group this entire company and all its amazing staff members in with one incident that none of them had any involvement in or participated in. We are working on a quick and effective resolution to ensure this never happens again at one of our facilities.”
In an attempt at fair reporting, the person who was caught mishandling Leo was offered a chance to make her statement. It went as follows:
“The video clip now circulating on the internet of an incident that occurred in our Tallmadge location shows me handling a dog roughly.
I agree that the video itself, viewed without context, is very disturbing. I want my fellow dog-lovers to know the rest of the story directly from me.
At the beginning of the video, as I let the pit bull out into the common area, it immediately approached another dog’s back. The pit bull’s hair was standing up and he was low-growling – three very distinct signs of an impending attack.
It was at that very moment that I made a split-second decision to subdue the pit bull for the protection of myself and the two dogs. In the emotion of the moment, I was scared and reacted instinctively.
I have worked with dogs for 9 years and I have seen the horrific damage a dog-on-dog attack can cause, and I moved quickly to shut-down that possibility.
I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am for the heartache this has caused the pit bull’s owner and family, as well as our clients.
I just feel awful about what happened.
Sincerely, Amy Beach, owner, Tails R Waggin, Tallmadge, Ohio”
Her words meant little to DaSilvia who plans to file a police report against the woman.
As for Leo, he is reportedly doing fine now…
Source: I Heart Dogs