One of our readers wrote in to us telling a very alarming story about some animal cruelty happening at the Petco Store here in Springfield by one of their groomers.
On 10/9/2015 around 6:00pm our reader was shopping at the Petco Located at 2721 South Veterans Drive on Springfield’s Westside when she heard a horrible sound on her way into the store in the parking lot. As she looked around she stated she saw a groomer dragging a large Afghan dog by its ear and lifted it up on the table by the side of its neck and ear! She then yelled at man and called the local police.
When The Springfield Police arrived they wrote in their report that the groomer was just trying to make the dog “comply”.
Our reader wrote in “He admitted to pulling the animal by its ear and side of its neck yet the officer stated he did not see if as abuse! This poor dog was screeching and whimpering and the man never stopped! It makes me sick and I’m angry at the officer for his lack of action and condoning of this cruelty.”
According a simple search on social media this isn’t the first time Mr. Hofstetter has been accused of animal abuse/cruelty.
According to the Petco Store Manager the dog in question in this was Mr. Hofstetter’s own dog! Our reader expressed a very alarming concern as well, “It scares me how he treats them at home if he can be so cruel in public!”.
We reached out to Petco for comment and they have yet to get back to us.
We were unable to make contact with Mr. Hofstetter either.