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Family's dog fourth to die at local groomer

Staff Report • Dec 2, 2008 at 12:00 AM

According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel the death of a family beagle brought in to a West Knoxville groomer last week for a routine bath is renewing suspicions about the business, where several other animal deaths in recent years have prompted lawsuits.

Kim Ramsey said her family's dog, Moxie, had just turned 5 years old when the beagle went for a bath Tuesday at Happy Tails Grooming on Ebenezer Road. When Ramsey's teenage son went to pick the animal up hours later, however, Moxie was on the verge of death. The dog died moments later while en route to a nearby veterinarian clinic.

“The explanation we were given is that she had a seizure and that sometimes it happens,â€Ã‚ Ramsey said. “We've been a customer there for several years and never had a problem.â€Ã‚

The family's veterinarian, Dr. Denise Frazier, said the preliminary results of a necropsy performed at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital indicate the beagle showed signs of heat exhaustion. But more alarming, she said, were broken ribs on both sides of the animal's body, as well as a punctured liver, which resulted in internal hemorrhaging.

“Moxie went for a bath and died of trauma,â€Ã‚ Frazier said. “That shouldn't happen without an explanation. The dog had evidence of severe blunt trauma. There's no evidence that the dog died from natural causes.â€Ã‚

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