NASSAU COUNTY, N.Y. (WPIX) - Thomas Bruckner thought, when he dropped his 2 year old pug-beagle mix off at a Hicksville doggie daycare and spa, that he simply would have to return and pick up his healthy newly groomed pet.

But a frantic call last September from his girlfriend that their dog Bailey collapsed and later died has moved him to act.

Newsday reports Bruckner believes his dog was put in a drying cage and suffocated. Though the exact cause of death was difficult to pinpoint, Bruckner is now pushing for stronger regulations involving facilities that cater to pooch care.

He wants drying cages banned and groomers to be trained and licensed and supports a bill introduced by state Senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn that calls for just that.

Bruckner was able to sue the groomer and was awarded $1000 out of court. But he insists that is not enough and he wants to save other pet owners the grief that he and his girlfriend have had to endure.