Pet owner sues grooming shop for HK$95,000 over cat's death

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 November, 2007, 12:00am

A cat owner is suing a pet shop over the death of her cat after its first grooming at the shop.

Chan Chi-ho is seeking compensation of HK$95,233 from Li Fu-lin, owner of the Organic Pet Food Company, and manager Chan Sau-yue.

Ms Chan alleged in her writ, filed in the District Court on Friday, that her 12-year-old long-fur cat, Ah B, died three days after he was taken to the shop on Tsing Min Path, Tuen Mun, for a HK$150 grooming session on July 22.

The writ said she took Ah B to the pet shop for bathing, manicuring and trimming of his fur, but when she picked him up from the shop about 41/2 hours later, she found him 'motionless in a cage with bleeding wounds around his toes and bruises over his leg, soles, nose and left ear'.

Ah B was then taken to a Mong Kok vet for treatment.

An examination revealed that he was in a critical condition and was dying, the writ said.

An X-ray and blood test showed Ah B might have been restrained around the neck and was suffering from dehydration, the writ stated.

It also suggested that he could have been poisoned, have fallen or been traumatised. Ah B died at the vet's clinic on July 25.

The matter was reported to police.

In her writ, Ms Chan said Ah B was her loyal and playful companion and was like a family member.

She alleged that the death was caused by the pet shop's negligence and that it had failed to deliver skilled professional care while Ah B was in its custody.

Ms Chan 'had been living with Ah B since its birth for some 12 years and had built up a very strong bond with Ah B', the writ said.

The HK$95,233 claim includes HK$80,000 for bereavement, pain and suffering, HK$9,808 for medical expenses and HK$125 paid for Ah B's grooming session.

Staff of the pet shop declined to comment on the incident yesterday.