FERRIER FILES: East Nashville doggie daycare sues competitors over Facebook comments
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
Many people think social media is fair game for anything you want, but a million dollar lawsuit attached to Facebook comments in East Nashville argues otherwise.
Chad and Andy Baker own the DogSpot, named best doggie daycare by the Nashville Scene readers six times in a row. There are now three outlets in the area.
The DogSpot is a Nashville success story for sure, but a business that doesn't seem dog-eat-dog has gotten vicious.
The DogSpot is suing two competitors, Nashville Tail Blazers on Dickerson Pike and Mutts and Meows on Woodland. The Bakers accuse the two businesses of spreading a Facebook rumor that seven dogs have died at the DogSpot.
The Baker twins say it's a complete fabrication that's hurting their business.
“People have repeatedly said that seven dogs have died at our daycares, and that is not remotely true," Andy Baker said. “We did have one dog die, and it was absolutely heartbreaking, but one is completely different than seven."
The lawsuit captures comments made about the DogSpot on the East Nashville Facebook page.
"I used to take my dogs there, but stopped when I found out two dogs died there," one post read. "Since then I've heard up to four and recently even seven."
The lawsuit claims the defendants were instrumental in disseminating comments like this:
"Take your dog where you want. I have it from many reliable sources that the number is seven, and they were paid off so can't speak up no. l am a dog lover, and if one person is saved the misery of losing a pet, I'm happy to spread the word."
The Bakers say the two businesses are behind these comments and are suing them for $1.2 million.
They say they have no other option because they can't think of another way to stop what they say is a lie that carries powerful consequences on a Facebook page with 50 thousand followers.
"You just have to trust where you go for doggie daycare," Baker said. "We have worked so hard to build our business and our reputation. It has been devastating. You don't have the right you can't make up false malicious lies. It's not legal. It's not acceptable. It's not fair."
Fox 17 News reached out to both Nashville Tail Blazers and Mutts and Meows. Neither business returned our calls.