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Owner of salon with viral photo of dog hanging says it was harmless prank

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A Wilmington, N.C. dog groomer responded to an upsetting photo of a dog shown hanging from the ceiling at her Olga's Day Spa for pets and is extremely upset her reputation has been tarnished reported wect.com.

Olga Glover Littleton is responding to the photo that went viral after a former employee, Tim Suggs, allegedly fired for stealing $10. a few days earlier, posted the picture on his Facebook page. Littleton said he posted the picture as retaliation.

"I felt like Paula Dean where you just can't defend yourself. There's no way to defend yourself, and you know when something is put like this on you, you can never get it off," Littleton stated.

Littleton stated the photo had been taken several years ago, when Suggs thought it would be funny to hang the dog named Vinny up by a harness. The dog was referred to as "Super Dog," and one day Suggs allegedly wanted to make it appear as if Vinny could fly.

Littleton said Vinny was quite safe, as he was held up by a harness, and his leash was looped under his front arms.

When she turned around and saw the dog hanging there, she ordered Suggs to take him down, and even though Littleton remembers a photo being taken, she said she never would have imagined her former employee would have used that photo against her.

Most of the comments on Facebook said the dog looked petrified. Others wrote a dog spa is where a dog should be kept safe and secure - and not an object of either animal cruelty or ridiculed.

Where "one picture is worth a thousand words," Facebook viewers were irate when the photo showed up on Facebook on Tuesday; so angry that a petition has garnered over 17,000 signatures hoping to get the dog spa shut down.

The New Hanover County Animal Control along with the sheriff's office is now investigating further.

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