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Silver Spring Pet Salon Owner Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

The owner of a pet grooming salon in Silver Spring, Maryland has been convicted of animal cruelty for negligence resulting in the death of a dog.

The owner of a pet grooming salon in Silver Spring, Maryland has been convicted of animal cruelty for negligence resulting in the death of a dog.

Carrie Seek, owner of Pampered Poodles, was sentenced Thursday on 17 counts of failing to provide veterinary care and adequate space, Montgomery County said in a statement Tuesday.



Seek received a suspended sentence of more than four years in prison, in addition to two years of supervised probation and an order to receive mental health services.

In October 2020, the Montgomery County Animal Services Office seized seven Maltese-type dogs, two Shiloh Shepherd-type dogs, and a small tortoise from Pampered Poodles, which was located in a residence near the intersection of University Boulevard and from Williamsburg Drive.

All of the dogs in Mrs. Seek’s care were found to be anemic due to extreme flea infestation. One of the Maltese-type dogs died of medical conditions exacerbated by anemia. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Animal Services Office)

Officers found unsanitary conditions there, including an infestation of fleas. All dogs were found to be anemic due to extreme flea infestation. And one of the Maltese-type dogs died of medical conditions exacerbated by anemia, according to the county.

Animal Services searched Seek’s pet lounge after complaints from a Metropolitan Animal Emergency Specialty Center veterinarian.

The rescued dogs were cared for at the Derwood County Animal Shelter, where officials say the damaged skin and fur healed. The animals remain in county custody, pending any appeal of the court case against Seek.

Among Google’s reviews for the salon, one client who left her dog with Seek in 2020 said, “I’VE HUNTED IT FOR FLEAS SINCE I BROUGHT IT HOME.”

Pampered Poodles was closed shortly after last fall’s raid.

“Watching the remarkable transformation these dogs underwent after confiscation is why we do what we do,” said Gregory Lawrence, chief veterinarian for the Bureau of Animal Services. “The entire team at the Montgomery County Animal Services Office did a fantastic job.”

Seek has 30 days to appeal the decision.

During his sentence, Seek will be prohibited from owning, residing with, owning or controlling animals.

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