State bill looks to regulate pet groomers

April 23, 2012 9:00:44 PM PDT
On the surface it sounds like more nanny government, but the stories of pets being injured and even mutilated is producing a bill that would regulate pet groomers.

State Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, wants pet groomers to undergo 300 hours of certification. The standards haven't been established yet, but they will under Senate Bill 969. Vargas says some horrific things have happened at the hands of untrained, inexperienced pet groomers:

"The poor kid who gets the job doesn't know that he's literally shaved the nipples off these little dogs. One of them had all the nipples shaved off; another one had all but two of them shaved off. Then they go into trauma and almost die," said Vargas.

Late Monday afternoon, the bill passed through the senate Business And Professions Committee. It will still need to go through additional committees and be approved by the full legislature, then signed by the governor, before becoming a law.

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