Tamara Margolis and Aimee Tully sued Wholesome Location on Monday, alleging the Culver Metropolis-primarily based chain of pet shops was dependable for harming their beloved pets.
Charlie, Margolis’ 4-yr-aged Maltipoo, died following currently being strangled at the company’s West Los Angeles retail store by a noose utilised to command animals during grooming. Noel, Tully’s 10-12 months-aged rescue Pomeranian, had just about five inches of her tail amputated soon after she was wounded when becoming groomed at the company’s Costa Mesa keep.
Healthy Place Main Executive Andrew Kim apologized but defended his corporation and its groomers.
“Our No. 1 priority is the security of the hundreds of animals beneath our care every single year,” he mentioned. “This lawsuit totally misrepresents who we are and how we work — and we are self-assured it will be swiftly dismissed.”
But the course action lawsuit raises serious inquiries about how people can assure their canines are safely and securely groomed as perfectly as about why animals should really be groomed in the 1st position.
We tackle some of those people troubles below, with the help of Daphna Nachminovitch, senior vice president of cruelty investigations for PETA, Teri DiMarino, president of California Specialist Pet Groomers Inc., and their organizations’ websites.
Why do dogs need to have to be groomed, anyway?
Nachminovitch: “Grooming is extra than a magnificence thing. It is comfort and ease. We see so several pet dogs who go without the need of desired grooming for their health and they get matted and which is quite risky — and unpleasant as properly.”
(The American Kennel Club lists poodles, Bichon Frise, Afghan hounds, Portuguese drinking water dogs, puli and komondor as the breeds that have to have the most grooming. The organization’s website devotes significantly space to answering a variety of grooming inquiries, which include the pressing “Why do moist canine smell so negative?”)
How common are injuries at grooming salons?
DiMarino: “Thousands and thousands of animals are groomed on a each day basis in California — safely groomed — and accidents are few and significantly in between. … No person will get into this business enterprise to damage canines.”
Nachminovitch: “There aren’t real official figures. We do track incidents, particularly at large box merchants, for the reason that all those are the kinds we get the most grievances about. … [Incidents] are so considerably more typical than you imagine.”
Are there legal guidelines that govern how grooming salons are operate?
Nachminovitch: “Anybody can open up a storefront and say they are a groomer or a coach. There are no specifications or certifications that they have to have. … We would strongly aid rules to be handed to check these spots.”
DiMarino: “The condition of California presently has at minimum 177 licensing boards. They’re not about to place in another. … To get a driver’s license you have to acquire a examination and review. Does that make you a good driver?”
What is a pet dog owner to do?
Nachminovitch: “We did a entire grooming video on how to do it your self. It’s certainly well worth learning, and your doggy is substantially additional comfy with you. He may not seem like a superstar but he’ll be extra comfortable. Which is much more critical than a excellent haircut. The dog doesn’t care.”
And if you do not want to — or can’t — groom your animals on your own?
Nachminovitch: “I can tell you that, recognizing what I know, I would just not use a groomer who is not either with me or in my household or a cellular groomer or an individual you know really personally. … There are mobile groomers who come to your residence. Which is most certainly a very good option, mainly because you can be there.”
PETA.org: “Check to see irrespective of whether the groomer you are thinking about is a graduate of a instruction program and a member of any trade organizations. … Obtain a groomer with practical experience. … Request references from other clientele. … Talk to if any animals have been hurt or died in the salon’s care. Also check with the Far better Business enterprise Bureau to see if any grievances have been submitted versus the facility. … Request that your dog be hand- or air-dried.”
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