By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Southern California woman is suing a local pet store after her dog died during a grooming session.

Tamara Margolis said a tool used to restrain dogs during grooming strangled her 4-year-old Maltipoo named Charlie at the Healthy Spot store in West L.A.

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She alleges the chain puts profits over safety by encouraging employees to work quickly.

Margolis is part of a class-action lawsuit against the pet store, which is accused in at least one other pet injury case.

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“I want this lawsuit to bring change and I don’t want anyone to suffer like this anymore,” Margolis said. “This was really difficult because it wasn’t his time to go.”

Another plaintiff, Amy Tully, said a groomer cut her Pomeranian Noelle’s tail, which had to be partially amputated as a result.

Healthy Spot released a statement saying in part:

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“Our Healthy Spot family is heartbroken by Charlie’s death and by the injury sustained to Noelle under our care. These were two very rare cases… Our industry-leading training and grooming practices prioritize safety above all else, which is reflected in our record of serving hundreds of thousands of pets and loyal customers.”