Luke Mullaney of Chicago has a rescue dog named Mya. Mya is a German Shepherd mix with anxiety.
The benefits of socializing with other dogs made Mullaney decide to take Mya to the Posh Pet Day Spa twice a week for close to a year. Unfortunately, any socialization benefits for Mya were quickly negated when Mullaney was floored by what was accidentally left on her throat.
Mullaney trusted that Mya was well taken care of at the dog daycare on March 11 as he spent the day doing work around his house. When he picked her up, that trust was lost.
He noticed a black collar under Mya’s regularly worn collar. This second collar had a box attached to it and was resting against the dog’s throat.
Mullaney took a photo before returning to the dog daycare to get answers. His inquiry about the collar was met with an employee’s statement of two chilling words: “Uh oh.”
That statement stunned him and confirmed his fear that the collar was likely a shock collar. The employee’s defensive attitude about the collar along with the daycare owner’s explanation that it vibrates rather than shocks did not sit well with Mullaney.
He did not simply take the daycare’s word for it and used the photo he took before returning the suspicious collar to search for another one online. The collar turned out to be a Petrainer Pet853 anti bark electric collar.
He read the description of this training collar designed to stop barking. First, warning tones are delivered, and eventually shocks are delivered to “correct” the undesired behavior of barking.
When the dog daycare’s business owner was questioned by ABC 7 Chicago I-Team member, Chuck Goudie, she claimed that the collar was mistakenly put on Mya.