Denver woman awarded $65K after dog left to die under table

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DENVER -- A judge has found a cleaning company responsible for the death of a family dog that died during a routine cleaning last fall.

Robin Lohre was awarded more than $65,000 for the death of her 18-month-old dog Ruthie after an employee from Posh Maids let the dog to get out of the house where it was fatally injured.

“I am pleased with the court’s decision,” said Lohre. “It doesn’t bring back Ruthie, but it does acknowledge the loss that my daughter and I experienced.”

Lohre hired Posh Maids for a 3-hour home cleaning in August 2011. Sometime during the cleaning Ruthie ran out of the house and was allegedly hit by a car.

The maid let the dog back in the house and claimed it was alive and “whimpering a little” when she left. No calls were made to Lohre to report the incident and the employee did not take the dog to the veterinarian.

Lohre returned home to find her dog dead underneath the dining room table.

According to the Animal Law Center, the case may be the largest court judgment for the death of a pet in Colorado.