The dog reportedly had wandered into Oregon store seeking refuge
UNCONFIRMED: Woman's job apparently reinstated after news of story broke
The unnamed employee allegedly took in the "scared and hungry and cold" puppy at the Wal-Mart Supercenter Store in Hermiston, Ore., on Wednesday, Cindy Marabito wrote in her American Pit Bull Examiner column. A store manager, identified as "Ken," reportedly said the employee was "disgusting" for holding the puppy at a check stand and ordered her to take the dog back outside.
After attempting to call an animal rescue group, the Examiner said, "Ken" told the employee to "get out." Marabito informed the Huffington Post in an email Friday that the employee's job was restored and she was granted three days' paid off. "Ken" reportedly had been "changed" from the incident.
Debi Shervey, who reportedly took the puppy home until the owners could be located, posted on Facebook that the pit bull is back with her owners.
Wal-Mart is the No. 1 seller of pet products in the United States.
Other notable Wal-Mart firings
—A pharmacist was reportedly fired from a Wal-Mart in California after she was caught praying with a distressed customer, ABC News reported in December.
—A greeter who had worked at Wal-Mart for 22 years was fired following an altercation on Black Friday 2011, in which she grabbed a customer's sweater after the customer shoved her, the Huffington Post reported.
—Four employees were fired in February 2011 for stopping an armed robber, according to Consumerist.
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