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.
- Florida House Majority Representative
Stephen L. Precourt
- Florida House Representative
- Florida State House
- Florida State Senate
- Florida Governor
- Florida State Senator
Garrett Richter (Florida State Senator)
I just signed the following petition addressed to: State of Florida.
Enact legislation regulating the pet grooming industry.
Animal groomers are not licensed in the State of Florida. Anyone can get a local occupational license and open shop with virtually no oversight or training
Hairdressers are licensed. Groomers should too. There needs to be education and oversight into this industry. Several other states are now considering legislation to protect our pets. There is a bill in California named "Lucy's Law" that was introduced when a Yorkshire Terrier was severely injured by a groomer. Similar bills have been proposed in other states like New York, Texas and Michigan.
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. It's time that we put legislation in place to ensure groomers are educated and responsible enough to care for our beloved pets.
They're not just pets. They're family. They should be protected as such.
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