Kansas family heartbroken after dog dies in accident at doggy daycare

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OLATHE, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Kansas family never thought the day their dog was dropped off at a doggy daycare would be the last time they'd see him alive.

Douglas, a 70-pound Goldendoodle, died at doggy daycare in Olathe while his owners were working.

KCTV reports the dog was dropped off at Fetchers Play and Stay, just like he had been many times before. But when it came time to pick him up, facility staff couldn't find him. Doug was found dead underneath a plastic pool. 

“They couldn't find him," the husband of the family said. "They looked all over for him. Someone decided to lift up the pool and when they lifted up the pool, unfortunately, he was underneath of it dead. He laid there undetected for four to four and a half hours." 

It was later determined that the pool was knocked on top of Doug and other dogs piled on top of the pool. 

“I saw one of the workers pick him up and carry him towards the camera," the wife said. "I was like, 'Is that my dog? Is that my dog?' I saw it was my dog. I lost it." 

The family hopes to raise awareness to change policies, so a dog at a boarding facility cannot go unaccounted for. 

“There should be a dog checklist, head count during shift change where every dog is laid eyes on and accounted for," she said. "There should be a certain number of dogs per worker that can be safely monitored."

Fetchers Play and Stay told KCTV that they take full responsibly. They said they are working with staff and focusing on training to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. 

Douglas joined his family last May. He loved sharing hamburgers, taking car rides and having his own couch. 

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