My dog was abused by a dog groomer.

My dog was abused by a dog groomer.
Q:We live on Long Island in Sea Cliff. We use a local pet groomer, and today the groomer did our six month old labrador puppy for the first time and I could hear a lot of banging from inside my house. I walked out my front door, which is at the top of about 20 steps on a cliff when suddenly the puppy came out of the truck like she had been thrown out the door. No collar nothing. Luckily she ran up to the house wet and covered with feces. She could have just as easily run into the street and gotten hit by a car. I walked down to the truck and the groomer would not say a word, threw the collar and leash at me and drove away. The puppy is limping and very upset and the groomer is gone.

A:I hope your dog is doing better by now. Some municipalities, such as New York City, require groomers to have permits but care standards are generally minimal. While there is a New York State law banning the use of cage dryers containing a heating element (several animals have died at grooming facilities when left in cages with the heat on), there currently are no specific standards or licensing requirements for groomers statewide (although legislation is pending before the NYS Legislature). Nevertheless, aggrieved pet “parents” can sue groomers for harm caused to their animals and if it is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the court that the groomer was negligent, the pet “parent” will likely be awarded some monetary compensation. Local consumer protection agencies and better business bureaus can also be contacted.
Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott