A Manhattan family’s Alaskan vacation was “ruined” after their beloved 7-pound pup was beaten to death in a kennel while they were away, new court filings claim.
Narinder Puri filed a lawsuit against Buddy’s Dog Den — an Upper East Side foster and boarding facility — over the death of his miniature poodle, Bella, on July 30 after other dogs escaped during the night and attacked the tiny pooch, according to a lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday.
“It’s like losing a family member,” Puri’s attorney, Evan Miles Goldberg, told The Post. “They were devastated.”
The 10-year-old furry friend was dropped off at the First Avenue dog facility on July 25 for a planned stay until August 6, when Narinder, 38, wife Divya, 36, and their two children – ages 5 and 7 – returned the Alaskan getaway, the file claims.
Buddy’s night worker “was absent and not supervising the dogs” when the pack “bited Bella and punctured her lung, resulting in excruciating pain and death,” the court filings say.
Buddy’s “breach of contract while Narinder and his family were thousands of miles from New York in Alaska destroyed their family trip,” the lawsuit states.
“It was miserable,” Goldberg said of the family’s situation. “You’re across the country in Alaska. It’s not easy to just hop on a plane and return to New York on a whim. That stayed above their heads.”
“There was nothing they could do,” Goldberg said, adding that the family felt “absolutely helpless.”
Bella was found in the middle of the night on July 30, “with her fur covered in blood, surrounded by about 16 other dogs of various sizes and breeds who had escaped from their respective places at the boarding house where they were supposed to sleep,” the report said File.
The mini pooch was pronounced dead at an animal hospital later that morning and the family was notified the next day, the lawsuit says.
Puri has suffered “the loss of returning his love and companionship from Bella” and the “disruption and frustration of”. [Puri’s] family vacation,” the lawsuit states.
Puri was also forced to shell out the cost of cremation the dog, the filing says.
Although Buddy’s website touts its safety standards — including a small-dog-only floor — “dogs in the custody of the defendants were not monitored at all times, nor were they segregated across different floors when Bella was abused and killed,” according to the suit’s charges.
“That’s not what happens when dogs are monitored,” Goldberg said. “Supervision is essential to dog welfare.”
“In this case, it’s about protecting our dogs and making sure that doesn’t happen to other owners,” Goldberg added.
The facility has refused to reveal the identities and details of the canines involved in Bella’s death, the lawsuit alleges.
“There are dangerous dogs in our community and these owners should know,” Goldberg said.
Puri is suing for unspecified damages.
Buddy’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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