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As a groomer, this makes very little sense. I can only assume this groomer was higher than a kite and/or mentally impaired.

First of all, this was a full coated Shih Tzu, which means it has long ears & she should never have been anywhere near the ear flesh with shears.

Secondly, you would really have to put some force behind your shears to cut thru the entire ear. You can feel when your shears hit a mat, paw pad, etc and you stop, you don't bear down and force the shears!

And finally, the amount of blood must have been horrendous! Ears bleed like mad!! I can't fathom how someone would stop the bleeding, glue an ear back on, and then clean up the mess. It's surreal.

I wish the groomer in question would come out & discuss this because it's bizarre and makes ALL groomers look bad. I've had two people come in today alone tell me, jokingly, to make sure not to cut their dog's ear off.
 

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I know I wish the article said something about the groomer...I groom my own dogs and I can always feel it I am about to hit skin before I cut, I do not know how you cut off a whole ear!
 

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The article says it was an unlicensed groomer. I wonder how they had the job in the first place.
Do you even have to have a license to work as a groomer in WA?? The "unlicensed" aspect of the story probably relates to the person having no license to operate a business (any kind) in WA.
 

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That's terrible. =(

We never have good experiences with groomers. The one we just went to, recommended by the vet, cut my golden's hind area *twice*, once on each side. They're just starting to heal, one just kept bleeding.

I'd just wash them myself, but they always end up smelling worse than before, and I don't know how to cut their hair correctly. (And neither does the groomer we recently went to). -_-
 

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how could they possibly think that this wouldn't be discovered?!

I mean...the ear would be dead, right? Ewww. Did they think that it would be better to wait until they had also harmed the dog with glue, made it carry around dead flesh, and traumatised the owner by making the ear fall off in front of her, rather than apologising profusely when she picked up her dog?
 

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I'm assuming you're American? What is it with people in America and suing people, it won't fix the ear anyway.

Utterly terrible that someone could do such a thing though.
no, but it will pay for vet bills, and help compensate the owner and her dog for physical/emotional trauma (I would be pretty freaked out if I pulled off my dogs ear, and presumably the dog wasn't happy about having his/her ear cut off).
 

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no, but it will pay for vet bills, and help compensate the owner and her dog for physical/emotional trauma (I would be pretty freaked out if I pulled off my dogs ear, and presumably the dog wasn't happy about having his/her ear cut off).
Thats what I was thinking, mostly the vet bills. Maybe get the dog something for his trauma too.
 

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no, but it will pay for vet bills, and help compensate the owner and her dog for physical/emotional trauma (I would be pretty freaked out if I pulled off my dogs ear, and presumably the dog wasn't happy about having his/her ear cut off).
Yar im in england and id sue.

Every cloud and all that.

+ suing these days seems to be the only thing to deter people from being idiots.
 

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Do you even have to have a license to work as a groomer in WA?? The "unlicensed" aspect of the story probably relates to the person having no license to operate a business (any kind) in WA.
I'm not sure I understand your question? Are you saying everyone in Washington State runs around willy-nilly operating businesses without licenses?

You don't have to have a license to work in a dog grooming salon in Washington State, but they are available, many groomers have them, and I would think a person would check this out if they were very serious about the care their pet was receiving.

Also, the owner has to have a license, and they have to be inspected by the state and the county Humane Society, but I imagine those workers are far and few between, and overwhelmed with the amount of work (and gov't. red tape) they have to do.

(NOT that I'm defending the idiot who did this in ANY way, mind you!!)
 

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I'm not sure I understand your question?
OK. I'll ask it again: do you have to have a license to work as a groomer in the state of WA? The answer to which is below, now highlighted in blue.

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You don't have to have a license to work in a dog grooming salon in Washington State, but they are available, many groomers have them, and I would think a person would check this out if they were very serious about the care their pet was receiving.
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Are you saying everyone in Washington State runs around willy-nilly operating businesses without licenses?
No. Read what I wrote. But apparently speculating as to whether the statement in the article, "Pierce County sheriffs investigators are looking into possible criminal charges against the unlicensed dog groomer" referred to the individual groomer or the owner of the grooming business having a current and valid license to operate a business in WA turned out to be pretty spot on.
 
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