BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo police are investigating the death of a dog at a dog daycare center.
Pawprints By Penny & Co. tells 7 Eyewitness News that an employee has been terminated and is under investigation in connection with the incident.
It happened at the daycare's Niagara Street location.
According to a police report, the 23-year-old former-employee was caught on video putting a "slip lead" onto a 3-year-old Shih Tzu mix and then "slamming" the dog against a wall, causing the fatal injuries. The former-employee is facing an animal cruelty charge but has not been formerly charged.
The business issued this statement:
“Once we learned of it we immediately notified the authorities and had the employee in question removed from any further contact with animals and terminated his employment. We are fully cooperating with the authorities and their investigation is ongoing. We will provide more information as the investigation continues. We are deeply saddened and horrified by the alleged actions of our former employee and please note this was a rogue act. We are doing all we can to support the dog's owner and make sure that the alleged perpetrator is held responsible for his actions.”
Police say the incident has been under investigation since Sunday night.
The SPCA serving Erie County received a complaint regarding the incident and is also investigating, according to the spokesperson.