Groomer arrested after dog dies in his care
A groomer from San Mateo was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after one of his clients, a 1-year-old Dachshund named Henry, died during under his watch.The San Mateo police responded to a report that the young dog died about 5:15 p.m. on Sunday at a PetSmart store.Officers spoke with Henry's owner, a 47-year-old man from San Mateo, who said he brought Henry to the pet supply store to be groomed.
The groomer, 38-year-old Juan Zarate of San Francisco, came out from the grooming office and said that Henry was having a medical emergency three minutes into his appointment. Henry was bleeding from the mouth and struggled to breathe on his own.
According to police, Zarate brought Henry to an on-site veterinarian who took emergency measures in an attempt to help the dog. An X-Ray revealed that Henry suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung while in Zarate's care.The groomer was investigated by police who determined his deliberate actions likely contributed to Henry's death. Zarate was arrested at the pet supply shop and booked on suspicion of felony animal cruelty.
The Peninsula Humane Society of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals obtained custody Henry's body and will conduct a necropsy to determine the cause of his injuries and death.