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Seattle Seahawk allegedly abandons puppy, sued by dog boarding facility

Seattle Seahawk allegedly abandons puppy, sued by dog boarding facility
Seattle Seahawk allegedly abandons puppy, sued by dog boarding facility
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On Friday, Jan. 10, TMZ reported that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is being sued by a pet boarding facility after allegedly abandoning his puppy.

After signing a one-year, $5 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks in March 2013, Bennett left his four-month-old boxer puppy at the Lucky Dog Daycare and Resort pet boarding facility in Tampa, Florida. According to Lucky Dog, that's the last time they had contact with the young dog's owner.

When TMZ Sports spoke to Bennett in Nov. 2013, Bennett did not explain why he left his dog at the pet boarding facility. He did state: "I thought [the $5k bill] was already taken care of. I will call them after work.”

Lucky Dog claims that this never happened, stating that they made multiple attempts to contact Bennett, with no results - and now they're taking the Seattle Seahawks defensive end to court.

Lucky Dog asserts that the boxer puppy had an emotional breakdown that caused a rapid decline in his health. The lawsuit states that the puppy "eventually began refusing to eat, losing his hair, and clearly failing to thrive."

According to Lucky Dog, they had to pay for "costs of arranging a foster home" for the boxer puppy.

After spending four months at the pet boarding facility, Koa, now renamed "Quigley," was taken to a boxer rescue, which helped him finally found a forever family. The young dog is now said to be thriving.

In the lawsuit, Lucky Dog seeks more than $5,000.

Lucky Dog offers a variety of services for dogs, including daycare, boarding, and grooming. They provide 24-hour staff monitoring and their facilities house a 16+ camera surveillance system where clients can view their pets while they're at work or on vacation.

Boxers like Quigley are large-breed dogs with the longest puppyhood in the world of dogs: they aren't considered to be fully mature until they are three years old. Boxers are friendly, alert, intelligent, and very loyal to their families, exhibiting exceptional patience and affection with children.

Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.

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