Woman apologizes for claiming pet store caused dog’s death

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — A woman, Danielle DiNapoli, whose 8-year-old bulldog, Scruffles, died during a grooming at a PetSmart store in New Jersey is now apologizing for blaming the store for the death.

DiNapoli publicly blamed the store’s grooming staff for the death and started a Facebook page — “Justice for Scruffles” — to publicize what had happened in 2017.

A necropsy determined that the dog’s death was not related to the grooming but was caused by preexisting health issues. PetSmart sued DiNapoli for defamation, claiming she deliberately withheld the report.


In a statement posted Jan. 20 on the Facebook page, DiNapoli wrote: ‘‘I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to PetSmart. I never should have said — on television or here on social media — that PetSmart killed Scruffles and for that I am sorry.’’

Associated Press