Corgi dies at New Jersey PetSmart, third in 5 month span

Owner was told to pick up dogs carcass

For the third time in less than five months, a dog dropped off at a New Jersey PetSmart has died. 

Chuck Crawford told NJ.com he dropped off his two corgis, Abby and Harley, at the Toms River PetSmart for grooming on March 29. 

An hour later, Crawford got a phone call saying he needed to pick up the dogs carcass. 

It was a 20-second phone call. It was so crude and beyond comprehension," Crawford told NJ.com. "To take your pet for a grooming, and then have them die? That is the absolute worst thing."

Crawford says he has "extreme anger and extreme grief," and he doesn't know what happened to Abby. PetSmart says the dog's death is under an internal investigation.

The 8-year-old dog had been taken from the Toms location by PetSmart employees to the company's Brick, New Jersey store, according to NJ.com. That's where Crawford was told he could retrieve Abby. 

Harley remained at the Toms location, unharmed. 

One woman's bulldog died during an appointment at a Flemington PetSmart on Dec. 29. Another woman lost her pet Dec. 24 at the same store.

PetSmart expressed sympathy after the deaths and said they were unrelated.

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