Silver Spring pet grooming salon owner convicted of 17 counts of animal cruelty – BethesdaMagazine. com
The owner of a Silver Spring pet grooming salon was convicted last week of 17 matters of animal cruelty right after authorities found in 2020 that multiple dogs in her care had gotten anemia from flea bites, the Montgomery County Office of Animal Services announced Tuesday.
Carrie Seek, the owner of Pampered Poodles in Silver Spring, was found guilty of 17 counts associated with failure to provide veterinary treatment and adequate space, according to a press release. Seek is 68, according to court records.
Seek was sentenced by Montgomery County District Court Judge Victor Del Pinto to more than four years in jail, but the entire sentence was suspended, according to a press release. She will serve two years of supervised probation and will be prohibited through having any animals during that time. She was also ordered to undergo mental health treatment.
According to the Office of Animal Services, officers responded to a complaint about Seek’s business from the Metropolitan Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in Rockville within October 2020. At Seek’s business on Williamsburg Drive, officials found “unsanitary conditions, ” including an infestation of fleas, according to the office. The fleas had caused the dogs to become anemic, and one Maltese-type dog died as a result.
Officers seized seven Maltese-type dogs, two Shiloh Shepherd-type canines and a turtle, according to the workplace.
Anemia is a condition in which people or animals do not have an adequate supply of red blood cells, which is often caused by blood loss, according to VCA Animal Hospitals, a national chain of animal hospitals. Bites from flea bites and other blood-sucking insects are among the causes, it states.
The other seized dogs were taken to the county’s animal shelter in Derwood, where their skin healed and missing fur grew back, according to the county. The dogs are still in the custody of the Office of Animal Services.
Thomas Koenig, the director of the Workplace of Animal Services, could not immediately be reached for comment.
A phone number listed for Pampered Poodles was not functional Tuesday. An employee at the office of defense attorney Andy Jezic, who is representing Seek, said they would pass along a reporter’s information to him.
Dan Schere can be reached at daniel. [email protected] com