Matthew and DeAnna Spott are taking legal action after their bulldog, Matilda, drowned at Always Unleashed Pet Resort in Scottsdale. The couple says they warned staffers at the resort Matilda was unable to swim.

PHOENIX — A Scottsdale couple is preparing to take legal action after their beloved bulldog drowned at a pet resort on June 17.

Matthew and DeAnna Spott owned Matilda Grace, a bulldog named after Matthew Spott’s favorite childhood book.

The Spotts just celebrated their six-year anniversary with Matilda, who had turned 6 about the same time.

With temperatures rising, they were looking for a place where Matilda could play because their first-choice pet resort had relocated.


They came across Always Unleashed Pet Resort in Scottsdale.

Matthew Spott took Matilda to Always Unleashed and said he made it clear she did not know how to swim.

“I was extremely adamant about telling them she can’t swim,” he said. “And that she’s not afraid of water, so you have to be extra careful.”

The employees assured him there would be plenty of people around to monitor the dogs and that Matilda would be fine.

Less than two hours later, Spott received a call that Matilda had drowned.

“I thought it was someone playing a cruel joke,” he said. “I was in disbelief, and it turned out it wasn’t a joke.”

Always Unleashed posted a note about the death on its Facebook page, but later deleted the post, offering condolences but also trying…