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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 25, 2018 04:42 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Licensing of Dog Groomers
I plan to introduce legislation that requires licensing and training for dog groomers in Pennsylvania. My concern is based solely on ensuring the safety and welfare of dogs that are entrusted by the owners to the temporary care of groomers. We need to make certain that groomers adhere to professional standards and practice safety. There have been instances recently reported where animals died in the care of groomers due to being mishandled. The goal is to create accountability and uniform practices for groomers in Pennsylvania.

Legislation has been introduced in New Jersey, and with national media attention being brought on this issue, I expect that other states will follow suit. After reviewing this legislation and reading news reports on the deaths, I feel that we need to establish practices, training and guidelines for individuals in the profession. These should include protocols for communication of the needs of each dog and client, proper equipment, sanitary conditions and providing feedback to the dog owners on any issues recognized by the groomer during an appointment.

I hope that you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation, and invite you to contact my Harrisburg office at 717-787-4236 with any questions that you may have.