A Maryland couple is suing a kennel after one of their toy poodles was killed by a much larger dog.
The Klionskys of Bethesda boarded their toy poodle puppies Pumpkin and his apricot-colored sister Peanut at Life of Riley in Rockville in November to take a trip to Paris. They returned two days later when they learned their 5-pound Peanut was dead.
“I was totally devastated,” Yumi Klionsky said. “I couldn't eat for a week. I cried every single day.”
“She still cries,” said her husband, Mark.
The couple was told their little dogs would be kept separate from big dogs, Mark Klionsky said.
“They let the small dogs out into the same area as the large dogs to relieve themselves,” he said. “During that time, our puppy Peanut was attacked and killed by a hundred-pound bull mastiff.”
Life of Riley owner Paul Abbott said they dedicate their lives to taking care of animals but had an incident and want to make it right.
The Klionskys are suing the kennel for $17,600 in damages -- the money from their lost trip and previous medical bills for Peanut. They said they are suing for negligence; the money isn't important.
They want all dog owners who send their dogs to the facility to know about the tragedy.
At first, Yumi Klionsky couldn't think about replacing Peanut, but then the breeder heard about the loss of Peanut and allowed the Klionskys to adopt her sister from the same litter, Pinot.
“She's a small version of Peanut,” Yumi Klionsky said. “She has her own character, and I would like to respect and take proper care and give lots of love.”