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PetSmart groomer fired after mistreatment of dog caught on cam

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(Source: Terah Leder via KTRK via CNN) (Source: Terah Leder via KTRK via CNN)

(Meredith) -- PetSmart reportedly fired an employee in Texas after a video showed her yanking a dog in the grooming salon.  

A video posted on Facebook shows a woman grooming a black-and-white Shih Tzu named Boo at a store in west Houston.

The woman can be seen gripping the dog’s muzzle and jerking its face while grooming the hair around its neck. At one point, she lets go and yanks the Shih Tzu’s right ear to switch angles.

Terah Leder, a customer who recorded the incident, said she knew she had to do something.

“I was trembling. I was freaking out,” Leder told KTRK. “I couldn’t believe what I had just seen.”

After notifying the store’s manager, she waited an hour outside for someone to pick up the pooch.

“If that were my dog, I would want to know what happened,” said Leder.

The owner, Brooke Vowers, later posted the video on Facebook, where it's gained more than 560,000 views.

Vowers said watching the video made her “sick to (her) stomach.”

“If this happened to my dog, it's probably happened to other dogs. And I don't want it to happen to future dogs," the concerned owner told KTRK.

Vomer said she is thankful, however, for Leder speaking up.

A PetSmart spokesperson said in a statement that the groomer’s actions were “completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

“The associate was immediately terminated,” the spokesperson continued. “At PetSmart, we all love pets, and this video does not represent who we are as a company.”

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Information from: KTRK, http://abc13.com/

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