April 11, 2021


We know our pets

Billings animal control investigating obvious abuse at puppy daycare facility

BILLINGS – The owner of a Billings pet daycare facility claims he’s devastated to see a number of videos of opportunity animal abuse at his organization circulate on social media.

The movies, posted by Isabell Quintana, exhibit an personnel at Big Sky Pet Resort harshly managing canines at the facility.

“The movie that I took was on March 25,” explained Quintana, who began doing the job in January and give up on Tuesday, March 30. “He was hitting the dogs since they have been just becoming pet dogs, you know. If they are at any time way too annoying for him or barking way too loud, anything he doesn’t like, he will strike them, punch them, kick them, throw him throughout the space, drag them, anything at all like that that he would do to them. I’m shocked some of them are nevertheless walking, to be absolutely genuine with you. Some of them been punched in the ribs, like brutally, and I just are unable to consider they are nonetheless walking.”

Billings Police Department spokesman Lt. Brandon Wooley verified Thursday there is an investigation underway into the matter.

“There is an lively, ongoing investigation by our Animal Regulate Division. I do not have any other information to release,” Wooley explained in an e-mail.

Quin posted 3 films on Facebook. 1 displays a male employee kicking a pet. In the online video, you can listen to the doggy squeal.

One more online video also exhibits the exact same staff grabbing yet another pet by the neck and dragging it throughout an open playroom.

A 3rd movie seems to demonstrate the very same personnel hanging another pet dog when other canines run all over in the same open playroom of the facility.

Significant Sky Pet Vacation resort proprietor Marc Underwood spoke with a Q2 reporter Thursday early morning and later on supplied this assertion:

“We at Significant Sky Pet Resort are saddened and appalled at the current remedy of puppies in our care by an employee. This is a heart-breaking scenario and has still left us devastated. We are homeowners of dogs ourselves and would not want them handled this way. Above the decades, we have tried to get paid the have faith in of each pet proprietor. That have confidence in has now been shed and we are going to do all the things in our electric power to try to re-obtain it. The initial step we took, on finding out of this predicament, was to investigate what took place and terminate the personnel associated. We are now getting the lead to assessment each individual factor of our business enterprise to make positive this style of incident under no circumstances occurs yet again. We intend to communicate to each and every of our shoppers to listen to their concerns and find out how we can get paid again their have faith in. We apologize to every person who has entrusted their animals to our care and we vow to get paid back that have confidence in any way we can.”

In an job interview, Underwood verified that the video clip was his facility and it was his now-former staff.

Underwood mentioned the worker, who has been with his corporation for “months,” was terminated but didn’t offer you any other aspects concerning the employee.

He suggests he wasn’t aware of the video until finally it arrived ahead from Billings Animal Control following a complaint was built.

“A shopper referred to as and mentioned there is a video clip,” said Underwood.

He states he then requested the workforce about it but was not delivered access to the video clip until eventually an animal handle officer supplied it.

That transpired on Monday, according to Underwood.

Underwood states they’ve experienced their pet boarding and daycare facility for 6 several years situated on Millennium Circle in Billings.

When requested about rumblings on the submit that Major Sky Pet Resort is operate “horribly,” Underwood mentioned: “That’s not genuine.”

He claims they operate a top quality pet care enterprise.

“We have done this all our lives,” he reported. “This is just not who we are. We are devastated.”

Underwood also confirmed they are performing with animal regulate concerning the criticism.