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Four employees at a Pennsylvania PetSmart were arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a customer’s dog died while in their care.

NFL sideline reporter AJ Ross is still mourning the loss of her loyal companion, Kobe. The poodle was strangled to death during a grooming session after Ross dropped him off at a PetSmart in Pittsburgh.

Julie Miller, Shaphan Stonge, Elizabeth Doty and Heather Rowe each face charges in connection with the death of 11-year-old Kobe.

Ross told PEOPLE she dropped off her beloved pooch for a nail trim on Nov. 17.

“When I brought him in, I asked if I could stay, because he was just the type of dog that he liked to see where I was at all times,” she told PEOPLE on Thursday. “They told me because of COVID I couldn’t stay in the grooming area.”

When she returned to pick up Kobe she found her dog laying motionless on the grooming table.

“He looked lifeless. He didn’t even look like he was breathing,” Ross said.

Ross shared her pain in an Instagram post titled “PetSmart Killed My Dog.”

“My horrific experience at PetSmart has been excruciating to recap publicly. But I sincerely hope in sharing my story it will lead to better grooming training practices and increased transparency and oversight; so no one else has to endure a pain like this.”

 

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Rapper Kodak Black angers Kobe Bryant fans with helicopter tribute

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Kodak Black probably shouldn’t have used a helicopter when paying tribute to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant.

The rapper angered Kobe’s fans when he celebrated his 24th birthday on Instagram by sharing photos of a helicopter wrapped in the Lakers team colors.

His brand new Tesla Model X car is also customized with the team’s yellow and purple.

In the caption, Kodak Black wrote: “I’m Ouchea 24 a Day I’m Like KOBE #KtB @kobebryant… #HappyBirthdayKodak Out Now.”

Kobe’s fans let Kodak know that the helicopter tribute was inappropriate in the comments section. One fan wrote: “The helicopter not sitting right w me.”

Another wrote: “The man and his daughter died in one.”

And a third user wrote: “I think the helicopter was a little to much.”

But some of Kodak’s followers defending his tribute.

Instagram user @maximusbuckets wrote: “He honoring him if anything.”

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Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, 13, died tragically in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, California in January 2020.

Kodak also angered his fans last week when he said he wants President Donald Trump back in the White House.

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Celebs Out & About: Lori Harvey, Naomi Osaka & Cordae, Justin & Hailey Bieber, Irina Shayk, A-Rod, and more

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Lori Harvey concealed her toned midriff as she headed to a pilates class in West Hollywood on Monday.

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka enjoyed dinner with rapper boyfriend Cordae at celebrity hot spot Catch LA in West Hollywood on Sunday, after she withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships. Play begins on June 28. Naomi also withdrew from the French Open after refusing to participate in post-match press conferences.

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America’s A-list couple Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Bieber shared a romantic dinner, after attending a reception for French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Fans slammed Justin and Hailey for dressing inappropriately to meet with the president. Hailey wore a club dress by LaQuan Smith, while Justin opted for a grey business suit with a pair of blue and white Nike Dunk sneakers.

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Alex Rodriguez stopped to take a selfie with a fan after having lunch with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis. Alex and Cynthia (not pictured) were joined by their kids Natasha Alexander Rodriguez and Ella Alexander Rodriguez for lunch at Bar Pitti.

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American tennis star Venus Williams was spotted out and about in the South of France wearing a Louis Vuitton cropped jacket, black leggings, a black bonnet and a face mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 precautions in Europe.

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Texas homeowners complain that their thermostats are being accessed remotely and turned up to save energy

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Texas homeowners who purchased smart thermostats that connect to the Internet are crying foul after someone accessed their thermostats remotely.

Houston area homeowners are upset that someone accessed their thermostats and turned them up to nearly 80 degrees to save energy.

A Deer Park resident told KHOU that he awoke bathed in sweat and discovered his thermostat had been cranked up to 78 degrees.

The man said his wife turned the thermostat down before they went to bed.

He feared that his 3-month-old daughter would overheat in the unbearably hot house.

Later that day, his wife received an alert on her phone that said the thermostat was turned up remotely during a three-hour “energy saving event.”

The family’s smart thermostat was installed as part of a program called “Smart Savers Texas” operated by a company called EnergyHub.

In the small print, the agreement states that electric customers allow EnergyHub to control their thermostats during periods of high energy demand.

EnergyHub’s list of clients include TXU Energy, CenterPoint and ERCOT power companies.

The Deer Park homeowner and several of his neighbors have uninstalled the smart thermostats. He said the smart thermostats are convenient but not worth the trouble.

Smart devices, including thermostats and kitchen appliances, are connected to the Internet and may be accessed from outside the home.

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