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Rough Petco groomer caught on video, now unemployed

Rough Petco groomer caught on video, now unemployed

ATLANTA-- A groomer caught on cell phone video rough handling a dog is no longer employed at Petco.

The store on Roswell Road in Buckhead is like many others in the retail chain. It features a grooming station where the public can watch dogs getting bathed and clipped.

On March 1, a Decatur woman says she pulled up in her car and noticed the groomer treating a black dog roughly. She started recording it on her phone to document the incident.

The video shows the dog try to back away, and the groomer yank on its leg at least three times.

The woman stopped taping and went in to report to the manager, who told her he would speak to the employee.

She put the video on Facebook, and tagged Petco. It's gotten more than 1300 shares and comments in two days.

This weekend is a great time to save a 4-legged friend

This weekend is a great time to save a 4-legged friend

Fulton County Animal Services is FULL.  When most county animal control shelters get full, they just quietly start killing animals.  However, FCAS is now run by LifeLine Animal Project, which wants to save all healthy, friendly animals, so the shelter is pulling out all the stops to get animals adopted into loving homes.

Atlanta Pit Bull Parents Pick-A-Pit Adoption Fair

Atlanta Pit Bull Parents Pick-A-Pit Adoption Fair

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Pit Bull Parents, a social and educational organization for pit bull owners in the metro Atlanta area, presents the Pick-A-Pit Adoption Fair on June 8, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chastain Park. The event is sponsored by Atlanta Underdog Initiative.

Pit bulls and mixes from 10 organizations will be available for adoption. Participating organizations are:

  • Atlanta Underdog Initiative

  • Animal Action Rescue

  • Atlanta Bully Rescue

  • Dekalb County Animal Services

  • Friends of Dekalb Animals

  • Friends To The Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue

  • Fulton County Animal Services

  • Lifeline Animal Project

  • Pitties In The City

Helping pets through storms

Helping pets through storms

ATLANTA -- We've all been through loud, frequent rumbles of thunder. For many pet owners, you know that these noises can spark a fit of panic in your cat or dog, and trying to calm them down once the thunder has already started can be nearly impossible, but why?

"I think the same things you think about when you think about a child," explained Dr. Scott Miller, a veterinarian from Powers Ferry Animal Hospital. "Loud noises is one thing. It's a combination of pressure and noise. Pressure changes. And the pressure changes that come along with incoming highs and lows."

So what are some of the options pet owners have to fix the problem?

First is something called a "calming collar." It's basically a collar that has pheremones in it that makes the dog feel as though other dogs are around, and that makes them feel as though they are not alone. Those collars last for up to 4 weeks.

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Jacks

ADOPT A PET: Meet Jacks


ATLANTA, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.