A Colorado woman is suing Starbucks over the horrific death of her beloved dog.
According to a lawsuit filed against the coffee giant Friday, Deanna Salas-Solano, 58, was served a grande hot tea with an unsecured lid at a Starbucks drive-thru in 2015.
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As Salas-Solano drove away, the lawsuit says, the scolding-hot tea spilled from the unsecured lid onto her body and severely burned her stomach, legs, and lap.
When she cried out in pain her dog jumped into her lap, causing the tea to spill again — onto her beloved pet.
“She rushed the dog to an emergency veterinary hospital, but he was unable to be saved and died a ‘short time’ later,” The Sun reported. “Salas-Solano was also treated for severe burns and forced to undergo reconstructive surgery.”
Now she wants Starbucks to pay for the damage inflicted on her.
Salas-Solano is seeking $100,000 in damages from Starbucks — which has reportedly suffered a significant loss in profits in recent months due, in-part, to the company’s outspoken liberal activism and the subsequent conservative customer boycotts.
Starbucks denies the claim, and says Salas-Solano is solely responsible for the death of her pet.
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“We look forward to presenting our case in court. While we are sympathetic to Ms. Salas-Solano and the injuries she sustained, we don’t have any reason to believe our partner [store] was at fault,” the company’s statement on the incident read.
— The Horn editorial team