A California woman hired a reputable independent contractor from the popular dog walking app Wag! when she got a rather unpleasant notification from her doggy cam.
Rosie Brown initially felt confident about leaving her two dogs with Casey Brengle, who boasted 210 five-star reviews, but that confidence was shattered when Brown not only witnessed her sitter sitting naked on her couch, but saw a strange man in her home as well, according to ABC 7.
Brown left her dogs, Penny and Daisy, in the woman's care to attend her cousin's wedding in Louisiana three weeks ago. The 26-year-old Wag! walker was to perform four-and-a-half days of house-sitting and long walks for the dogs for an agreed-upon $315.
Brown also informed Brengle about the doggy cam. When asked by ABC 7 if she knew there was a security camera inside the home, Brengle answered, "I did."
But on the day of Brown's cousin's wedding, she received an alert from the doggy cam. "On the preview on the alert, it showed a man in our house, someone that I wasn't expecting," Brown told the station. "So I opened it up and that's when I saw she was there with a man in our house and they were going straight for our bedroom."
The man was Brengle's boyfriend, who was seen at the apartment a number of times, including one incident where the couple went from the master bedroom to the guest bedroom. Brengle insists that the two did not have sex in the client's home.
Despite Wag!'s guidelines stating sitters "should not allow any third parties into the home of the Pet Parent," Brengle's parents also visited Brown’s home.
At one point, Brown witnessed Brengle laying naked on her new couch, which Brown had saved for six months to buy.
"It got hot," Brengle explained. "As I've said, I don't like wearing clothes."
On top of being a poor housesitter, Brengle allegedly only took the dogs out for one to five-minute potty breaks, instead of the customary 30 or 60 minute walks Wag! offers, and cursed at one of the dogs for playing too roughly.
Wag! provided a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle which in part read: “We love dogs, and we want those who use Wag! to know that we care about the people and pets on our platform.
“The reported behavior in this situation is unacceptable and contrary to our Community Guidelines as published on wagwalking.com. We expect everyone on the Wag! platform to conduct themselves professionally.
“When we learned of the incident, we immediately suspended the pet care provider, an independent contractor, from our platform and began an investigation, which is currently underway.
“We’ve spoken to the pet parent and offered to pay for cleaning services and a locksmith. We’ve also agreed to reimburse her for any services provided by this pet care provider.”
The statement continued, outlining Wag!’s screening process, “We screen applicants through a background check that includes a Social Security number trace (an identity check), a facial recognition check against all official documents provided, a document check, a national criminal check, a county criminal check, a sex offender check, and a global watch list check. Platform applicants must also pass an online test covering dog safety, equipment, and handling knowledge.”
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