PETropolitan closing after 12 years of business

    PETropolitan, the Drusilla Lane dog hotel and spa, is closing after 12 years of providing daycare and boarding to Capital Region canines.

    Dog spa co-owners and sisters Taryn Giles and Sara Moock were “good tenants for years,” says Merle Shannon, whose Shannon Investments, LLC, owns the property where the business is located.

    “We haven’t decided if we’re going to rent it out or what we’re going to do with it,” says Shannon, whose son Keith started the business in 2006 and sold it to Giles and Moock in 2012.

    The sisters doubled PETropolitan’s clientele within their first three years of ownership, according to a November 2015 Business Report entrepreneur feature, then caring for and boarding about 60 dogs daily. In 2014, the business reported revenues of between $300,000 and $400,000.

    The pet daycare and boarding facility officially closed Aug. 13, according to an occupancy permit taped to the building. Giles and Moock could not be reached for comment prior to publication.

    The closure ironically comes at a time when Baton Rouge’s pet boarding market is expanding. Dogtopia and Canine Social joined Towne Center less than a year ago, followed by Camp Bow Wow opening a Prairieville location. Petz Plaza expanded its Perkins Road location to make room for a doggy daycare service, and PetSuites of America broke ground on the same street late last year.

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