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Roswell woman said dog attacked and killed her poodle at doggie daycare

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ROSWELL, GA (CBS46) -

Imagine leaving your family pet at a doggie daycare and coming back to find out your pet is dead. One metro Atlanta woman says it happened to her and she's upset.

"I just really miss him, I miss him every day. I call for him every day," Johnson said.

Sophia Johnson became emotional talking about her 2-year-old poodle named Cooper.

"It defies common sense that he would be put in with dogs that either didn't have a good temperament or were too big," Johnson said.

Johnson said her 5-pound puppy was attacked by another dog and later died while at K-9 Planet in Roswell.

"It was blunt force trauma to the head. He had a puncture wound in the top of his head, a fractured skull and hemorrhaging, and he died of cardiac failure and respiratory failure," Johnson said.

The owner of K-9 Planet provided Johnson with surveillance video of Cooper before and after the incident, but not while it he was being attacked.

Kayla Tolbert is a former employee of K-9 Planet and said she is not surprised by what happened.

"Rarely did anything get done about the type of environment the dogs were playing in," Tolbert said.

She said she worked for the doggie daycare for three years and decided to leave this summer because of conditions.

"There were too many dogs for the amount of employees that were working. The policy was 15 dogs for every person, but it was regularly well over that," Tolbert said.

Tolbert said management cut her pay in half and she often saw dogs being mistreated.

So CBS Atlanta News went to K-9 Planet on Tuesday in search of some answers. We asked management if they are placing small dogs in the same area as big dogs that might be aggressive.

"As what we do in the back, we just do what we're told so it really was unavoidable," K-9 Planet Office Manager Bergen Roe said.

"I filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit isn't about the money, it's about making people pay attention and change and that's what I really want. I don't want this to happen to another family," Johnson said.

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