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No charges to be filed in Yuppy Puppy dog death

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By Beth Velliquette
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

After receiving the results of a necropsy report of a puppy that died after being bathed at Yuppy Puppy, the Greenville Police Department has determined there is not enough evidence to support any criminal charges against anyone associated with the business.

The case is considered closed, Kristen Hunter, spokeswoman for the Greenville Police Department, said in an email on Wednesday.

The 6-month-old English Bulldog, Bruno, was taken to the groomer on Fire Tower Road on Aug. 7. After the puppy began experiencing problems, workers rushed it to a nearby vet, where it died a short time later.

The necropsy report, written by the N.C. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System, said there was no evidence of trauma, no evidence to suggest strangulation and no evidence of damage to the trachea.

“This puppy had features of brachycephalic airway syndrome which can compromise normal respiration,” the report said.

“This syndrome is seen in brachycephalic breeds such as English Bulldog,” the report said. “This syndrome can result in respiratory distress and it may have played a role in the respiratory distress of this puppy. Stress, excitement, increased environmental temperature, and humidity can increase breathing difficulty in animals with this condition.”

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome is a syndrome that affects short-nosed breed dogs, including English bulldogs, according to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

“These dogs have been bred to have relatively short muzzles and noses and, because of this, the throat and breathing passages in these dogs are frequently undersized or flattened,” it says on its website.

That can cause the dog with the syndrome to have breathing problems for a number of different reasons, and Bruno had two of the characteristics, stenotic nares and an elongated soft palate, the necropsy report said. 

According to the report, the dog was at the grooming facility and the groomers went to express the anal glands, and the dog snapped at them.

“They put a muzzle on the dog,” the report stated. “Then the dog started bleeding from the mouth. They took the muzzle off. They thought the dog had bit his mouth.

“He started aspirating blood, had diarrhea, went limp and was not responding. Blood was in the mouth. They took the dog to a nearby veterinary clinic,” the report said.

At the veterinary clinic, an intravenous catheter was inserted and the dog was given oxygen, the report said.

“Patient was agonal on X-ray table. CPR was given with chest compressions. Heart was restarted briefly but stopped again. They were unable to revive the puppy,” the report said.

The report also suggested that the puppy had a left-sided cardiac insufficiency, although the case of that insufficiency was not apparent.

News of the puppy’s death went public earlier this month, and a number of people wrote negative comments on news sites and social media sites about the owner of Yuppy Puppy. 

Owner Carrie Wells said the death of the puppy was tragic, but the social media campaign against her and her business after the dog died was unfair.

“The dog was born with something wrong, and the problem was completely blamed on us,” she said. “They have taken my 16-year career and destroyed it.”

Contact Beth Velliquette at bvelliquette@reflector.com or at 252-329-9566.

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