Heart-Wrenching Loss: Sydney Family Seeks Answers After Pet’s Death at Dog Training Centre

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Sydney Family Seeks Answers After Pet's Death at Dog Training Centre

Last Updated on July 12, 2023 by Fumipets

Heart-Wrenching Loss: Sydney Family Seeks Answers After Pet’s Death at Dog Training Centre

 

A Desperate Quest for Answers Following Canine Tragedy in Sydney

In a tragic turn of events, a Sydney-based family’s quest to train their beloved pet ended in heartbreak. The family’s much-loved dog, Winnie, died under mysterious circumstances during his stay at a local dog training facility, Elite Performance K9. Stricken by grief and confusion, the family seeks answers.

The Unfortunate Saga of Winnie’s Short-lived Journey

Celina Zazzarino, a family member, recounted their traumatic experience to A Current Affair. “We took our dog to doggy training and never got him back,” she said.

Sydney Family Seeks Answers After Pet's Death at Dog Training Centre

Winnie was a vibrant 14-month-old pup, full of energy, and his exuberance prompted the Zazzarino family to seek professional training. An online search led them to Elite Performance K9, located in the west of Sydney. With a 4.6-star rating and favorable reviews, the facility seemed like a reliable choice.

The Fateful Encounter with Elite Performance K9

The Zazzarinos dropped off a perfectly healthy Winnie, as confirmed by a vet checkup the day before, at the training facility. They invested AUD 1515 in a two-week training program, expecting a positive transformation in Winnie’s behavior. However, the situation took a dire turn on the fourth day when they were informed about Winnie’s refusal to eat.

Sydney Family Seeks Answers After Pet's Death at Dog Training Centre

A Series of Troubling Incidents

Despite the initial assurance from the head trainer, Omar Obaidi, that “Winston is doing really well,” the situation deteriorated rapidly. Elite Performance K9 informed Celina that they were taking the apparently ailing Winnie to the vet.

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A sudden call shattered the family’s trust, indicating Winnie’s deteriorating health. Despite assurances, Winnie did not recover and the family was asked to bid a tragic farewell to their beloved pet at the vet clinic.

Sydney Family Seeks Answers After Pet's Death at Dog Training Centre

A Social Media Outcry and the Quest for Truth

The devastated Zazzarino family took to social media to express their grief and demand answers from Elite Performance K9. Their post garnered a significant response, going viral and stirring up widespread sympathy and outrage.

Veterinary expert Dr. Rob Zammit opined that as professional trainers, the team at Elite Performance K9 should have identified Winnie’s sickness sooner. “If a dog is not eating and losing weight like that, you ring the owners straight away and say, ‘Come back, grab your dog, this is not working out’,” Zammit asserted.

Evasive Action or Innocence?

Elite Performance K9 offered a refund and volunteered to cover Winnie’s veterinary expenses, with a plea to the Zazzarinos to not publicize their story. The facility, when approached by A Current Affair for a response, was mysteriously deserted. Trainer Omar Obaidi agreed to meet but failed to show up, later sending a legal letter denying any wrongdoing.

Sydney Family Seeks Answers After Pet's Death at Dog Training Centre

The Zazzarino family awaits autopsy results, hoping to unearth the truth about Winnie’s untimely demise and whether his stay at the training center had any role to play. The grieving family insists that a lack of proper communication about Winnie’s deteriorating health contributed to the tragic outcome.

As the quest for truth continues, it is a grim reminder of the need for transparency and open communication in pet care, as well as the importance of choosing the right professional services for our furry family members.


Original news source: A Current Affair

https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/sydney-family-pet-death-dog-trainers-questions/05e72c31-6aa4-418a-9662-4c3c974eba01

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