Las Vegas Resident Abraham Lazcano, left town and hired a "Pet Sitter" through Rover.com to care for his beloved 7 year old Gus the bulldog. The Pet Sitter he chose had good reviews online so he expected high quality care for Gus while he was away. Tragically, Gus was only there for one night when he was left alone unsupervised in the Pet Sitter’s backyard and drowned in her pool. 13 Action News reached out to the Pet Sitter for comment and over the phone, she admitted the dog was left alone in the backyard for just 'a few minutes'. She claimed the dog had previously completed his business out back before without any concerns and the area is well-lit at night. She believes, Gus had a ‘medical episode then fell inside’. Mobile & Web apps like Rover and Wag DO NOT and WILL NEVER have the time or resources to properly train the “Pet Sitters” who register on their website. They claim that their hiring process is 'set to perfection' but quizzes, profiles and reviews are no substitute for shadowing a prospective employee. To get a sense of what kind of person they are, how they react to different situations, and to assess their general level of common sense around animals, this needs to be completed in person. The fact is that Rover & Wag only care about one thing, Profit. They do not care about the safety of your pet or Gus would still be alive today. Sure, we are all human, we make mistakes but a true professional would NEVER leave a dog unsupervised especially at night, in a backyard with access to a pool for any dog. What really could have been done to prevent the loss of Gus?1) Observing that the Pet Sitter had an outdoor pool with no fencing, Rover.com could have decided that the home was unsuitable for Gus.2) Rover.com could have documented a communication with the Pet Sitter in which they note the presence of the pool and had the Pet Sitter assure them that under no circumstances would any dog left in her care, have access to the pool without full supervision.3) When caring for a breed like a bulldog, all parties could have entered into a dialog to ensure that she knew the characteristics and limitations of the breed. Specifically, they could have identified the fact that bulldogs are not good swimmers and that they should never be allowed around a pool without proper supervision. However, none of those steps were taken and Gus was simply “another client” in the care of a 'pet sitter' who had not been hired with sufficient care, despite what Rover.com claims.Here at Pets of Las Vegas, our deepest sympathies go out to the Lazcano family and it is our mission to educate the public on the mistakes of hiring a Pet Lover instead a Pet Professional.