SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: After this article was first published, Valerie Pantoja told KSAT that the grooming trailer has been found and the damage can be repaired.
Pantoja said some equipment was missing and the trailer was not found in the best condition, but the damage could be repaired.
Arriving on Monday to start another busy week, Valerie Pantoja traveled to a storage facility in the United States at Loop 410 and Highway 151 to get the trailer she uses for her business, Zoomie’s Mobile Dog Grooming. .
“My gate was open, the lock was completely missing and my work trailer was gone,” Pantoja said.
She said the 15-foot-long trailer was kept at the rear of the property so it couldn’t be seen from the street.
Yet whoever stole it still managed to find the trailer laden with thousands of dollars in grooming equipment, tools and supplies, everything Pantoja needed for his business.
She said it didn’t help that surveillance video she posted to Zoomie’s Facebook page shows the exit door they entered and exited was left open after getting stuck earlier in. the day.
“It happened in less than ten minutes,” Pantoja said.
The trailer had been hooked up to a late model light-colored Dodge Ram pickup truck and then dragged using a chain.
Pantoja said they stole his livelihood.
She said many of her clients have older dogs, some with special needs, most of whom are her neighbors, who appreciate the convenience of a mobile grooming service.
“I saw her post and my heart literally broke for her because she is so good at what she does,” said her client, Felicia Escalante. “It’s his life. This is how she earns her income.
Another frequent customer, Susan Michael, said, “It’s just amazing that someone is doing this to her. “
Michael has stated that Pantoja is the only groomer his dog Rupert trusts.
“She’s the only groomer he’s actually going to run to,” said Michael. “All the other groomers, he’s running away.”
Although she wanted to be a vet, Pantoja said she started working in veterinary clinics and volunteering at the San Antonio Humane Society since her teens, until she finally learned to groom. dogs at the age of 16.
Pantoja said that even if Zoomie’s brightly colored truck is found abandoned, she may be able to start over.
“At all, very, very beginning with nothing in my hand but knowledge in my head,” Pantoja said.
Anyone with information about the theft late Saturday night or the location of the trailer is urged to call San Antonio Police.
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