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    West Hollywood Family is Suing Pet Sitting Service After Dog Drowns in Pool

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    A West Hollywood family is suing a pet sitting service after their dog drowned in their pool while under the care of a sitter. CBS News reports that security camera footage captured the last moments of the dog’s life, and showing the sitter’s response who tried to give the dog CPR.

    According to the report, Rebecca Duke went on a trip to San Diego last November, which turned into a nightmare when her 16-year-old mini schnauzer named Queenie, drowned in the family pool.

    Duke says she hired a sitter through TrustedHousesitters, a service that describes itself as, “a global, pet-loving community on a mission to create a world where pets enjoy their pet parents’ vacations, just as much as they do.” Their website states that they’ve connected thousands of pet parents and pet sitters worldwide through their mutual trust and love of animals since they were founded in 2010.

    After interviewing multiple candidates, Duke chose a sitter she thought was the best fit because TrustedHousesitters is supposed to vet the their sitters. She told CBS news that she gave explicit instructions not to let Queenie out in the dark or into the backyard where the pool is located.

    However, two days into the trip, Duke received a hysterical call from the sitter, saying Queenie had fallen into the pool.

    Security camera footage shows Queenie entering the backyard and swimming in circles in the pool, struggling to get out. The dog eventually stopped swimming. A woman then ran out and attempted CPR.

    Duke is now suing TrustedHousesitters for negligence and breach of contract, claiming the service failed to properly vet the sitter.

    While nothing can bring Queenie back, Duke hopes her lawsuit will prevent other families from experiencing similar pain.

    “I feel like I have a moral obligation to get the word out,” she tood CBS. “I don’t want anyone else to go through the pain we’ve been through.”

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Natasha
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    3 days ago

    It’s really horrible but I doubt she will prevail unless she can prove gross negligence by the dog sitter or the company. Having a pool is always a risk for an accident not only for pets but also for small children. It’s one of those unfortunate events. Also, the typical life span for a mini-schnauzer is 12-15 years and this dog was 16 years old. It had already lived longer than most mini-schnauzers. It’s always sad to lose a beloved pet but I don’t see much of a case here.

    Doggonit
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    2 days ago

    Is her dead dog not gross negligence?? Jeez!!

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Doggonit
    2 days ago

    What are you talking about?

    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 day ago

    Not expecting you to get it.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Cy Husain
    1 day ago

    Just because the dog died doesn’t mean there was gross negligence. It could have been a horrible accident that the dog got into the pool. Where is your proof? You sure like to spout off a lot without any facts on your side.

    Neighbor
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    4 days ago

    Can’t blame the dog owner at all. The sitting “service” certainly should be held liable. Also for sending them an obviously unqualified & incompetent “sitter”. Period

    Mike
    Mike
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    4 days ago

    If there was already a fear of her dog going in the pool, she should have had a fence around the pool to prevent it. In some countries fences around pools are mandatory…like Australia. It’s really her own fault that her dog made it into the pool.

    Jimmy palmieri
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    Reply to  Mike
    3 days ago

    Victim blaming

    Jerome Cleary
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    4 days ago

    tragic

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