House leader seeks to license pet groomers after dog dies at Middletown Petco

House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi has reintroduced legislation that would require pet groomers to be licensed with the state.
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STATE HOUSE — House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) reintroduced legislation (2017-H 6054) that would require pet groomers to be licensed with the state following the recent death of a 5-year-old pug named Ollie at Petco in Middletown.

Leader Shekarchi previously introduced the bill in 2013, but, the legislation failed to pass the General Assembly.

“Although the cause of Ollie’s death is still being investigated and no one has yet to be found at fault for this poor dog’s death, I believe this is an appropriate time to have this discussion once again for the sake of our pets’ protection and safety,” said Leader Shekarchi. 

“I am a dog owner and I can imagine the pain that is being felt by not only Ollie’s owners, but also the workers who were grooming Ollie that fateful day.

“By ensuring that our state’s pet groomers are properly trained and licensed, hopefully we can avoid similar tragic events in the future,” added Leader Shekarchi.

If passed, the legislation would require an annual $100 license in order to perform any kind of pet grooming services. 

Individuals or operators who fail to become licensed and continue to administer pet grooming services would be fined $100 on the first offense and $1,000 for any subsequent offense.

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