When Katherine Rhodes took her 6-year old, 7-pound Chihuahua, Terri Lynn to her local California PetSmart for a simple nail trim on Tuesday afternoon, she never imagined her sweet, adoring dog would be dead just 10 minutes later.
Katherine dropped Terri Lynn off for her nail trim appointment and returned 5 minutes later to pick her up. That’s when she noticed something wasn’t right, despite Terri Lynn’s recent perfect bill of health from her veterinarian.
Terri Lynn suddenly went limp. She was rushed to a nearby veterinarian, but was pronounced dead only moments later.
While Katherine has ordered a necropsy to determine the exact cause of Terri Lynn’s death, she already has her suspicions.
“When you’re holding a dog, I feel like they were holding he a little harder just to keep her calm,” said Rhodes, adding, “I feel like she was squeezed where she couldn’t breathe anymore.”
PetSmart officials insist that the associate doing the nail grooming “followed all safety policies and procedures by immediately recognizing signs of stress during the nail trim.”
The results of Terri Lynn’s necropsy will be available in a month.