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Couple sues dog walker after pooch dies in ‘freak accident’.

A Manhattan couple is suing a dog walking service after their “baby” — a 1-year-old mini Australian labradoodle named Ollie — died while out for a group training session with a handler. Ryan Dunn and Fiona Luong had hired West Village-based Metro Mutts to train Ollie and her younger sister, another labradoodle named Harper. Their...
Time: 21:26     Date: 22.06.2018
Metro News: Couple sues dog walker after pooch dies in ‘freak accident’. NY Post 24 - US News

Ryan Dunn and Fiona Luong had hired West Village-based Metro Mutts to train Ollie and her younger sister, another labradoodle named Harper.

Their Manhattan Supreme Court suit says Kuan’s business partner-wife Venus Flores blamed the incident on a “freak accident” but refused to provide more information.

Luong declined to comment about the suit through her lawyer but she may have pieced together some of the details of Ollie’s death on her own.

In a Feb. 21 email to another Metro Mutts client, a copy of which was obtained by The Post, Luong says that Kuan told her that when he took the the pups out for a stroll and training session on Feb. 8, Ollie broke free while he was putting a leash on another dog outside a third-floor walkup.

“Ollie got loose and bolted down the stairs,” Luong wrote. “Al says he didn’t see it but thinks he heard Ollie fall.

“Still, apparently Ollie was standing and waiting in the lobby for them and made it a few blocks before he collapsed,” she wrote. “On the way to the vet Ollie stopped breathing and passed away.”

An initial veterinary exam of the corpse found “that the trauma and internal bleeding caused by such a fall (down a single flight of carpeted stairs because there was a landing on each floor) is possible but extremely unlikely to cause such fatal injuries,” Luong wrote.

“It is an incredibly tough time and our hearts are broken to lose our baby at such a young age in such circumstances,” she wrote.

Her Manhattan Supreme Court suit says Kuan’s business partner-wife Venus Flores blamed the incident on a “freak accident” but refused to provide more information. Flores declined to comment except to say that Kuan died earlier this month.

Stacy Huggins, the Metro Mutts client who received the email from Luong, told The Post she believes Ollie’s death was a freak accident.

“I knew Al [Kuan] and he just loved these dogs so much,” Huggins said. “He’s not one of these kid dog walkers who was just doing it for the money. He cared very much.”

But she understands why Ollie’s owners are upset.

“I think it was a horrible thing. I get it. I would have flipped out. I really would have wanted someone to blame. But unless there was something found in an investigation that pointed to foul play it is one person’s word against another and we’re talking about a deceased man,” Huggins said.

The pet owners are suing for $56,000 and more information about Ollie’s death.

“Ollie was a pet, a companion, and a member of Mr. Dunn and Ms. Luong’s family,” the suit says. “Ollie was like a child to Mr. Dunn and Ms. Luong and a brother to Harper,” their other labradoodle.

The suit blames the dog’s passing on Kuan’s “negligence.”

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