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Woman Claims PetSmart Killed Her Dog

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (CN) - A trip to PetSmart for grooming turned deadly for Lily the Yorkshire terrier when employees put her too close to a heater, the dog's owner claims in Madison County Arbitration Court.

Haley Nelson said she dropped off Lily at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 and PetSmart employees negligently put the dog in a kennel next to a heater. Trapped, Lily's body temperature rose and PetSmart workers failed to recognize that she was extremely ill. Lily died of heat stroke and cardiac arrest and still had a body temperature of 106.2 degrees when Nelson picked her up that day at 6 p.m., according to the complaint

Nelson seeks damages for medical bills, another dog, loss of companionship, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

She is represented by Christopher Donohoo of Wood River, Ill.

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