Local Pet Grooming Shop Investigated, Shut Down After Death of Two Dogs

Local Pet Grooming Shop Investigated, Shut Down After Death of Two Dogs

By Alicia Neaves

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Two dogs found dead inside The Doggie Boutique in Odessa. Now the business owners are facing serious charges. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time the pet grooming shop has come under fire.

Odessa Police reported to The Doggie Boutique Tuesday morning after talks of animal cruelty. When they opened the doors, they found four dogs inside. Two of them were dead. 

"We were discussing the possibility of shutting it down because there was just more bad than good coming out of it," Property Owner, Randy Beckner, said. 

A pet grooming business shut down after yet more animals ended up dead. The property owner of 20 years says he spoke with the manager of The Doggie Boutique before this incident. He says she told him two animals had died so he went to see for himself.

"When I saw, especially the big dog, it was bloated. I'm no expert on animals and what happens when they die but I thought to myself that this dog didn't die last night. That's why I immediately went to Animal Control to look at it and get their opinion of what happened," Beckner said.

He says the business has air conditioning but the manager told him it still might have been too hot. 

NewsWest 9 also spoke with some owners of the animals who died. They said this was their first time trying The Doggie Boutique. They say they left the dog there over the weekend when the business was closed. When they called to check on their dogs, they say an employee hung up on them.

They say the dogs were left with no water. Now, they remain in utter disbelief that a member of their family is gone.

"This is currently being investigated as a cruel confinement and neglect, which is a felony," Steve LeSueur, Public Information Officer with the Odessa Police Department, said.

NewsWest 9's calls to contact the manager of the business were not returned.