Doggy Day Care facilities are popping up all over New Zealand but how good are they really? The industry is pretty much unregulated anyone can start a day care. Having a love of dogs isn’t enough or a good reason to be in the business. Anyone who takes their dog to day care, trusts that the people who are running it, have the knowledge and expertise to provide a safe and healthy environment for their dog. Big dogs should not be running with little dogs. And all dogs should be watched all the time, in other words, staff should have their “Eyes Wide Open” all the time. Although this incident happened in the US, it could easily happen here.
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DENVER — Melissa Hunter is still grieving over the loss of her one-year-old Papillon-Maltees mix, Bella. “I know accidents happen, but I never expected for my dog to die,” Hunter said.
She took Bella to Hobnob in Lakewood in June and according to Hunter another dog bit Bella and gravely injured the pet. “To be a 5-pound dog and to be in with a Malamute, a 75-80 pound dog, just is not acceptable,” said Hunter.
It was only the second time Hunter took Bella to Hobnob, but she remembers telling the staff to watch out for big dogs. “She likes big dogs,” Hunter said. “We don’t want her interacting with the dogs we don’t know.”
Seven days later another dog was injured at Hobnob. This time…
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