An on-site vet tried to save him, but it was too late.
Police said the 1-year-old dachshund named Henry arrived at the PetSmart in San Mateo for a grooming session on Sunday when the incident occurred.
Zarate is accused of injuring the dog while in his care and was arrested for animal cruelty. "We know that the dog was brought there with no injuries or no known illnesses of any kind and we do believe that because of actions taken by the groomer, during the grooming session, is what caused the dog to die," San Mateo Police Department Sgt. Rick Decker said.
A post-mortem X-ray revealed that the dog suffered from a punctured lung and two broken ribs.
Customers ABC7 News spoke with said they're surprised to hear about the dog's death. "I don't know what I'd do to the guy. Your pet is your child," Vicki Carr said.
PetSmart is conducting an internal investigation.
In an email to ABC7 News, PetSmart wrote: "We are heartbroken by the loss of Henry. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of pets, and we take full responsibility for the pets in our care. We are conducting an internal investigation and will take immediate action based on our findings. Additionally, we are working with the local authorities. The individual involved has been placed on suspension pending the outcome of this investigation. Any incident of animal cruelty goes against everything we believe as a company and as individual pet parents. No words can express our deep sorrow for the family, and we will continue to work with the pet parent during this difficult time."
The results from a necropsy will be released in the next few days.
Police say a groomer at Pet Smart store in San Mateo was arrested for felony animal cruelty after a dog died Sunday on premises.— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) May 16, 2016
Police say the dachshund sufferedfrom broken ribs and a punctured lung. Groomer Juan Zarate was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) May 16, 2016