Dog owner devastated and distraught after groomer 'severely' sliced pet cockapoo's tongue
63-year-old former Royal Mail worker Mike Corry has lodged a complaint against Pets at Home after one of their groomers 'accidentally' nicked his pup's tongue.
A UK dog owner has been left "devastated and distraught" after his 20-month-old dog's tongue was allegedly "severely" damaged by a groomer with whom he had left the dog. 63-year-old Mike Corry, from Peterborough, said his cockapoo Marley was injured during an appointment at the Pets at Home branch in Bretton, Cambridgeshire, on December 11. According to the BBC, Corry, a former Royal Mail worker, said that when he went to collect Marley from the appointment, the groomer admitted to "accidentally" nicking the dog's tongue while trimming its facial hair. However, he assured the 63-year-old that the cockapoo had been given the all-clear by the vet.
Corry said when he went to collect Marley and his other dog, Monty, he was told what had happened. "After some small talk one of the assistants told me that the groomer had accidentally cut Marley's tongue as she was trimming his facial hair," he said. "She said they took Marley to their vet next door who said he should be OK."
The 63-year-old revealed that while the cut did not remove any of the muscle, the right-hand side of Marley's tongue was missing when extended. He said when he returned home with Marley, his wife Mary noticed that the pup was bleeding from the mouth but that they didn't think it was too serious.
"We took him home and later noticed his mouth was bleeding a bit, but it was hard to get him to open his mouth fully for us to see," he was quoted saying by the Daily Mail. "Over the next couple of days he was more clingy than normal so we kept a close eye on him and on Friday we decided to take him to the vets."
Two days later, Corry realized that the tongue was, in fact, "badly damaged." He divulged, "The vet said Marley's tongue had been badly cut. He said he could see why we were so upset and suggested Marley's tongue could be stitched or rounded off."
"We were distraught, upset and extremely angry that this incident was described as a 'nick.' It most certainly wasn't," he continued, adding that he and his wife were now looking to get the cockapoo's tongue stitched and had lodged a complaint against Pets at Home.
He uploaded the picture of Marley's damaged tongue on Facebook, and the post, which has now been removed went on to be shared more than 8,000 times. He said the reaction was "overwhelming" and assured concerned netizens that Marley "doesn't appear too bothered" but may have to adjust his eating.
Addressing the incident, a spokesperson for Pets at Home said, "We are very sorry for the upset and concern caused by this unfortunate accident and hope that Marley is on the mend soon. Marley was seen by our in-house vet when the accident occurred, who had no concerns about the small cut on Marley’s tongue and did not feel that any further action was required. We are in ongoing contact with Marley’s owners around this situation."