Dog mutilated to death at New York’s Buddy’s Dog Den, lawsuit says

A Manhattan, Alaska family’s vacation has been ‘destroyed’ after their beloved 7-pound pup was mauled to death in a kennel while they were away, according to new court documents.

Narinder Puri filed a lawsuit against Buddy’s Dog Den – an Upper East Side grooming and boarding establishment – ​​for the death of his miniature poodle Bella on July 30 after other dogs escaped overnight and attacked the little dog, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit from Thursday.

“It’s like losing a family member,” Puri’s attorney, Evan Miles Goldberg, told The Post. “They were devastated.”

The 10-year-old four-legged friend was dropped off at the First Avenue Canine Center on July 25 for a planned stay until August 6, when Narinder, 38, his wife Divya, 36, and their two children – aged 5 and 7 – returned from the Alaska getaway, according to the record.

Buddy’s night staff member “was absent and not supervising the dogs” when the pack “bite Bella, puncturing her lung, resulting in excruciating pain and death,” according to court documents.

Buddy’s “breach of contract while Narinder and his family were thousands of miles away from New York, Alaska destroyed their family trip,” the lawsuit claims.

Bella's Bloody Wounds

Bella was discovered in the middle of the night surrounded by 16 dogs who escaped from their respective locations.

Bella's bloody wounds are pictured

Bella was pronounced dead at an emergency veterinary hospital on July 30.


“It was miserable,” Goldberg said of the family’s situation. “You’re across the country in Alaska. It’s not easy to jump on a plane and fly back to New York on a whim. It was hanging over 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 a fur covered in blood surrounded by approximately 16 other dogs of different sizes and breeds who escaped from their respective locations at the boarding school where they were supposed to be sleeping” , according to the file.

pictured are Narinda Puri, his wife Divya and their two small children with Bella.
Narinder Puri sues Buddy’s Dog Den for Bella’s death.
Courtesy of Evan Miles Goldberg

The mini pooch was pronounced dead at an emergency veterinary hospital later that morning and the family was notified the next day, according to the lawsuit.

Puri suffered “the loss of Bella’s return love and companionship”, and “the interruption and frustration of [Puri’s] family vacation,” the suit claims.

Puri was also forced to pay for the cost of cremating the dog, the filing says.

Although Buddy’s website touts its safety standards – including having a floor reserved for small dogs – “the dogs in the custody of the defendants were not supervised at all times, nor segregated on different floors, when Bella was maimed and killed,” the lawsuit charges. .

“That’s not the kind of thing that happens when dogs are watched,” Goldberg said. “Supervision is essential to the well-being of dogs.”

“The case is about protecting our dogs and making sure this doesn’t happen to other owners,” Goldberg added.

The facility declined to release the identities and details of the dogs involved in Bella’s death, according to the lawsuit.

“There are dangerous dogs in our community and these owners should know that,” Goldberg said.

Puri is suing for unspecified damages.

Buddy’s did not immediately return a request for comment.