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- One person no longer employed by PetSmart
- Investigation showed it was a dog attack, says PetSmart
JONESBORO, Ark. – In a statement released to media outlets, PetSmart said an associate was gone from the company because of the incident with the 10-month-old dog owned by Kaitlyn Weatherford of Newport.
Weatherford’s dog, Ziggy, was hospitalized on July 22 with serious injuries, as first reported by NEA Report. The incident occurred during a grooming appointment at PetSmart, 3009 East Highland Drive in Jonesboro.
Our investigation is complete, and we have confirmed this was an unfortunate altercation between the two dogs. We did, however, find there were policy violations in this incident and one of the associates is no longer with PetSmart. We are continuing to support Ziggy and his family while he recovers at home.
On July 24, Weatherford told NEA Report her puppy had returned home. While the dog hates the cone, it is for his own good to prevent him from chewing on his likely-itchy wound. Ziggy has been doing well since, she has updated several times.
Weatherford expressed her gratitude to the community and to the outpouring of support she has experienced over the past few weeks while talking to a reporter. She said handling the experience has been especially hard without her father who died last year.
Kaitlyn’s dad was Lt. Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department – killed in the line of duty on June 12, 2017.
“He was always my voice of reason so I’m adjusting to handling things myself and I appreciate all of the help I get,” Weatherford said.