Saturday, December 20, 2014

PetSmart employee canned for taking dog to work

The nation's largest pet supply chain advertises that it welcomes pets (on leashes) in its stores. Except if you're an employee.

PetSmart employee canned for taking dog to work

PetSmart, the nation's largest pet supply chain, advertises proudly that it welcomes pets (on leashes) in its stores.

Except if you're an employee.

Eric Favetta, a 31-year-old PetSmart employee in Secaucus New Jersey, was fired recently for bringing his dog to work during an overnight shift, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Favetta — a former military dog handler - didn't want to leave his 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, Gizmo, home alone. So he brought Gizmo to work and put him in the store's doggie day care facility. After all, he figured it was the middle of the night and no one was using it. When the store management found out, they fired him for "theft of service." 

A PetSmart spokeswoman defended the company's action, saying that doggie daycare was a store "sale item" - the same as the products on the shelves - and Favetta was using the facility without paying for it.

The company later rethought their decision and offered Favetta his position back at another store, the newspaper reported. But Favetta found another job with a company that uses animals to search for hazards. There is no word on whether PetSmart is considering rolling out a "bring your dog to work day" at its 1,149 stores. 

Amy Worden Inquirer Staff Writer
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