Supervisors Say Bill Would Put Groomers on Too Short a Leash

County Supervisors agreed to oppose state legislation aimed at regulating pet grooming businesses. The legislation, introduced by state senator Juan Vargas, would impose fines on groomers who are not licensed by the state and fail to meet workplace standards.

Supervisor Bill Horn brought the item to the board. He says the bill would be a burden on grooming businesses.

"A few years ago a lady picked up her dog from a pet groomer and discovered her dog had been injured," Horn said while introducing the agenda item. "The groomer had cut the nipples off the dog. I think the pet owner should have sued the groomer rather than what we have here, a bill that would introduce a whole new bureaucracy. Just for the sin of one we are going to penalize all. This bill has a lot of negative impact for small businesses in California."

Some supervisors, however, encouraged regulations but with some amendments.

"Something needs to be done but this particular bill is flawed the way it is put together," said Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. "I am concerned that if we approve [the opposition to the bill] that we give the appearance of rejecting any regulations on pet groomers and I think that's a bad idea."

Supervisor Ron Roberts had much harsher words for Vargas's bill. "In it's present form this is not a bill that [we] can support. There is almost a total ignorance of what is done in a grooming shop and that's what makes this a flawed bill."

The board later approved a motion that opposed the bill and encouraged state Sen. Vargas talk to more groomers before moving forward with the measure.


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