Stop Groomers From Killing Our Dogs!
  • Petitioning Stephen L. Precourt

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Florida House Majority Representative
Stephen L. Precourt
Florida House Representative
Matt Caldwell
Florida State Senator
Garrett Richter (Florida State Senator)
Florida Governor
Florida State Senate
Florida State House

Stop Groomers From Killing Our Dogs!

    1. Deb Speelman
    2. Petition by

      Deb Speelman

      Alva, United States

There is no state licensing of pet groomers in The State of Florida. Incompetent groomers injure and kill pets every day.  Anyone can get a local occupational license and open shop with virtually no oversight or training. My dog Rocky suffered spinal cord damage after being left unattended on a grooming stand with a noose around his neck. He fell off the stand and was hung, I watched him suffer terribly for a year while he lost more and more control of his motor functions. He was finally put down May 30, 2012. My veterinarian's aides tell me they get dogs all the time that are injured by groomers. Hairdressers need to be licensed. Groomers should too. There needs to be education and oversight in this industry. We put our beloved pets in the hands of people who may not deserve that trust. I don't want any other dog killed or maimed by a negligent or incompetent groomer.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. New election - New hope for protection from bad groomers!

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      As the 2014 Election year heats up, I am also getting reinvigorated about lobbying for positive change in the grooming industry. Since Rocky died at the hands of a bad groomer 2 years ago, more dogs have been maimed and killed. Our elected representatives need to know that societal norms are changing. No longer are our pets our possessions. They are family. They need to be protected from someone who isn't even qualified to pick up clippers

      Please join me. Call your Florida State Senator or Representative and ask them to protect our pets from incompetent and negligent groomers today! Someday we will be able to take our dogs to a groomer and KNOW they are trustworthy to take care of our beloved pets.

      Please share this petition. Also visit my Facebook page where I share current dog grooming stories.

      https://www.facebook.com/StopGroomersFromKillingOurPets?ref_type=bookmark

      Thank you for your support!

      Stop Groomers From Killing Our Pets

      Stop Groomers From Killing Our Pets. 88 likes. No pet deserves to die at the hands of an incompetent groomer.Our goal is to educate the public and affect...

    2. Legislative session closes - no good news for pets!

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      The Legislative Session is closing today in Florida, with another year passing with no legislation written to protect our pets from bad groomers. Please email your Florida legislator today and ask them to please protect our dogs from bad groomers, before more injuries and deaths occur due to the lack of oversight in this business.

      Follow this link to find and write/call your legislator today. Positive change starts with us!

      http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Legislative Update

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Senator Richter's legislative aide called me February 20th. He is checking into how much it will cost to enact this law based upon the Colorado and Connecticut laws. The cost is around $1 million. The revenue they would get from licensing would cover about half the cost. He assured me that he will continue exploring options as he agrees that our society has moved beyond our pets being considered property but the law hasn't caught up yet.

      It may take years for Rocky's Law to become reality, but I am optimistic it will happen.

      I'll keep you all posted.

      Thanks again for your support. If you have a friend or know an animal activist who has not signed our petition yet, please share.

      Deb

    5. Letter to all the members of the 2014 Agricultural Committee 2.14.14

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Senator - I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to get someone in the State Legislature to write legislation similar to Colorado's new Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act. I have met in person with Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto and Rep Matt Caldwell. Both were empathetic but uninterested in protecting our pets from negligent and irresponsible groomers.

      Sir, my dog suffered an irreparable neurological injury from being hung by a negligent groomer back in 2011. He died over the course of a year, slowly losing all his motor functions. Upon his death, I tried to file a complaint with the regulatory agency overseeing this industry, but found there is none.

      I have been blown off too many times. Now, today, I hear on the news, that the legislature is considering a bill that would increase the size of a beer container to 64 ounces. Let that sink in. No one wants to step up and protect our pets, but we can consider a frivolous bill like this?

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. ABC Action News Story on the Grooming Industry in Florida

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer
      I-Team: After dog's death, push for new laws on pet groomers

      ALVA, Fla. - A Florida woman is fighting to change the way pet groomers run their businesses in Florida. She started the campaign after the death of her 4-year old dog, Rocky. Cell phone videos show his deteriorating health over the course of a year.

    8. Rocky's Story to be featured on WFTS ABC Action News 7

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Investigative reporter Michael George will be doing a story on the grooming industry during the 11pm news broadcast Friday night on Tampa Bay's ABC Action News 7 (June 28). Rocky's story will be featured. I will post a link to the video. Please share with your friends. If you or someone you know has had a bad experience with a groomer, please let me know. I have a meeting next month with my State Representative. Thanks!

    9. This is the end result of a negligent groomer.

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Last video of Rocky. The neurological damage is very evident.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3C8wxsebWY

      VID 20120522 00013

      Uploaded by debspeelman on 2012-06-18.

    10. Good News coming soon!

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      A reporter from a Tampa TV Station has contacted me for an interview on Monday about Rocky and his injuries sustained by the groomer. Stay tuned. I'll update with all the information next week. In the meantime, if you or someone you know has a dog that was injured, please contact me so we can get more light on this subject. Thanks to all for your support.

    11. Please share this petition

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Since I missed the deadline for the FL legislature for this year, I have reopened the petition. If you have friends who have not signed or would like to share on Facebook or Twitter, please do. We have more time to get more signatures.

      Thanks to all of you who have signed! Someday groomers will be trained and held accountable like any other personal service industry.

    12. Petition closing January 20th.

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Rocky's Petition will be closing on January 20th. Thank you all for your support and words of kindness. I am still grieving the loss of my beloved best friend, and hope that legislation can be passed so no other pet owner will have to deal with the pain of the loss of their pet due to incompetence of a groomer.

    13. Petition will be closing soon.

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all for signing Rocky's petition. I'll be closing it soon to present to the Florida Legislature. If you know someone else who would sign, please forward to them. Thanks to all!

    14. I've added a video of Rocky

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      I've added a video of Rocky during the last couple of weeks of his life to show the heart this little dog had through the obstacles he faced. Please check it out and share our petition. I'd like to reach 500 by the end of the year to present to the Florida Legislature. Thanks for all your love and support.

    15. Rocky's petition has reached 335 signatures!

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all of you who have signed this important petition to regulate the pet grooming industry in Florida. After the election, we will present our petition to the Florida legislature and hopefully draft a law to require education and accountability in this profession. Hopefully no one else will lose their best friend to an incompetent groomer. Thanks again from me AND Rocky!

    16. Reached 250 signatures
    17. Good News! The HSUS is going to look into Florida Legislation on this!

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Deborah,

      I am so sorry about what happened to your dog Rocky. It is admirable that you have been able to turn your personal tragedy into a campaign to help others. I am forwarding your note to the HSUS Florida State Director, who can look into the issue further. Thank you for your efforts to protect animals.

      Best,

      Lauren Barth
      Federal Affairs Intern

    18. We've reached 213 signatures on Rocky's Petition!

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      I'd like to reach 500 by election time for the Florida State Legislature to take this issue seriously. If you have Facebook or Twitter, please share the url. Maybe someday all dogs and cats will be groomed by people who DESERVE the trust they're given.

    19. I've spoken with State Rep. Paige Kreegel's aide yesterday.

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      The state legislature is out of session but will pass on to his replacement next session.

    20. We have 165 signature now! Thank you so much, all of you who have signed!

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep sharing. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and support.

    21. Reached 100 signatures
    22. We have 10 signaures. Please share this with other animal lovers.

      Deb Speelman
      Petition Organizer

      Please pass this on to your friends with pets.

    23. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Vicki Vacchiano SUMMERVILLE, SC
      • 25 days ago

      Petsmart strangeled my boxer by reapplying tick collar so tight it blocked his airway. I am all about regulating groomers and happy to help

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    • Deana Wise Emes APOLLO BEACH, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      We regulate hair stylist our groomers should be no different they can actually significantly kill a dog if they do not know what they are doing.

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    • Carol Dismukes ALLEN, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      I am a passionate dog person!

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    • Sharon LaGambina CHEEKTOWAGA, NY
      • 2 months ago

      I agree that groomers should be licensed to provide the best possible safety for pets.

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    • Zara Benton LES GOURS, FRANCE
      • 2 months ago

      Rest in Peace Rocky. You should not be gone this is so very very wrong and so sad.

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