Police arrest angry dog owners at local PetSmart
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A couple upset over their dog's death were arrested after wreaking havoc at a South Florida PetSmart, Thursday.
The owners of Reyes, an American bulldog, brought in their pet for minor knee surgery at the Banfield Pet Hospital inside the PetSmart located at 3301 SW 22nd Street.
When the owners came back to pick up Reyes, the doctor notified them that the animal had died. The couple demanded an explanation, but, according to the owner's family, the vet left the building before he could answer their questions. "This was one of our family members," said Cindy Vargas, the sister of one of the dog's owner, referring to Reyes. "That was her buddy, and we loved him, and for a doctor not to give us an explanation ... that's all we really want, an explanation, and they're not willing to give it to us."
It was at this point that the owners began throwing items around at the office inside the animal hospital. Miami Police were called in, and they arrested Reyes' owners for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
"Him and his wife, they were so frustrated because this dog is their son," said Louis Vargas, the father of one of the dog's owners. "For the dog to walk in perfectly this morning, and then he won't come out no more. He's dead, and they won't even explain to us what happened to the dog."
The couple are expected to appear in bond court Friday afternoon.
The hospital has released a statement: "At Banfield Pet Hospital, our top priority is providing high-quality veterinary care to each pet we treat. Unfortunately, on Thursday, April 11, 2013, a Bulldog named Reyes died after knee surgery at the Coral Gables location. Reyes appeared to be recovering normally after anesthesia when he unexpectedly went into respiratory and cardiac arrest-the hospital administered CPR but was unsuccessful in reviving Reyes.
At Banfield, and across the veterinary profession, anesthetic procedures are performed on a daily basis. While anesthetic procedures are common and considered safe, anytime a pet undergoes anesthesia there is a rare risk of an unforeseen adverse event. At Banfield we do everything possible to minimize risk or a potential adverse reaction, which means all pets receive pre-anesthesia blood work to ensure the pet is healthy as well as constant monitoring of a pet's heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels and other vital signs throughout surgery. We understand how hard it is to lose a pet-our hearts go to the Vargas family for the loss of Reyes."
Meanwhile, Banfield Pet Hospital is talking to the local hospital administrators in order to investigate the cause of the dog's death.
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