Diego, a 3-year-old Doberman, died during a swimming lesson at Doggy Paddle, a canine aquatic center in Chicago on March 31. | Photo submitted
Saturday, April 8, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews
Maywood pet owner Paula Cano is grieving her 3-year-old Doberman, Diego, who died on March 31 after drowning during a swimming lesson at Doggy Paddle, a canine aquatic center in Chicago’s West Town community.
DNAinfo published an April 7 article on Diego’s death, which Cano said was due to an incompetent swimming instructor who wasn’t trained or certified in CPR. Two other Doggy Paddle staff members who came onto the scene after Diego stopped breathing were also untrained and uncertified to administer CPR.
Cano said that Diego, who was named after the painter Diego Rivera, had never been inside of a pool but “enjoyed wading in the water at Montrose Beach,” according to the DNAinfo report.
Cano said that after Diego refused to get into the water, the instructor repeatedly “dragged him inside the pool.” When Diego, who Cano said was “terrified,” eventually passed out, his head submerged in water, the instructor “still attempted to push him to swim.”
DNAinfo reports that, in the wake of the incident, that instructor resigned and Doggy Paddle is in the process of implementing numerous safety measures, such as installing a “multiple camera system in order to provide better visibility and in order to be available for training purposes,” according to a statement that Doggy Paddle owner Cherie Bielawski gave to DNAinfo reporters.
You can read the full DNAinfo story here. Cano’s full Facebook account of the drowning, along with her response to Doggy Paddle, are below: