Viewers react to dog drowning at Pet Coral day care

Matt Grant

Viewers react to dog drowning at Pet Coral day care

CREATED Jun. 21, 2012

CAPE CORAL - The owners of Callie, a 3-pound Yorkshire Terrier that drowned at a Cape Coral doggy day care Wednesday are having a necropsy performed.

Alda Saul took her dog, Callie, to to Pet Coral for a routine evaluation to see if she would be a good candidate for day care and boarding.

But that was the last time they saw Callie.

"Well I knew something was wrong," said Saul. "But I never dreamed that she had drowned and was dead."

Employees let Callie play in a pool with other larger dogs where she drowned. Supervisors tasked with watching the pool never noticed.

"We're going to watch the dogs to the best of our ability," said Pet Coral manager Terry Converse. "I don't think there's anything we can do to prevent an accident."

"From an accountability aspect," said Fox 4 reporter Matt Grant, "you have a dog die in your care you have employees watching the pool how does something like this happen?"

"No idea," said Converse. "That's what we're going to look into."

Viewers react

But those of you contacting us say that is not a reasonable response.

Ellen texted: "The daycare needs to be accountable and 'I don't know, just an accident' is unacceptable.  I am a professional dog trainer/dog sitter...as well as the owner of several dogs.  It is the sole responsibility of the daycare to not only have employees around the pool area, but IN the pool itself."

Debbie from Cape Coral called to say: "There should have been someone watching that activity every second.  That was a horrible and wrongful death."

On Facebook, Sonja posted: "Prayers for the family of this poor little puppy who was neglected at a place that should have been safe."

And Heather writes: "I always thought my dogs would love a play date there but not anymore. I'll keep them home where they are safe."

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