Puppy smacked by District Dogs employee dies, company says

A family is mourning the loss of their puppy after it was struck so hard by a District Dogs employee that it died. 

The company confirmed the incident happened at the Navy Yard location last Friday. 

"In the early morning of Friday, February 16th, District Dogs leadership was alerted to an incident that occurred in our Navy Yard location. A dog boarding at the location was physically struck by a District Dogs’ employee and, subsequently, died.  The dog was transported to a nearby veterinary facility but could not be revived," District Dogs told FOX 5. 

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In a Facebook post, one user said a woman boarded her 5-month-old puppy there, and an employee "shoved her dog so hard he went unresponsive and passed away." 

District Dogs said the employee was fired and they are cooperating with investigating authorities. Humane Rescue Alliance confirmed their law enforcement officers are investigating. 


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"The District Dogs family is heartbroken over this incident and extends its sincere condolences to the family of the dog, and we grieve their loss at this profoundly difficult time," the company said in a statement to FOX 5.