I thought that the first time I heard of a dog dying as a result of horrific burns from a dryer in a pet-grooming salon it must have been a freak occurrence, but it's far too common. More unbelievable is that these incidents are happening in the United Kingdom! It was only after reading through the news articles that I discovered this is the fourth instance where the dog has actually died. Why would a company even make an industrial pet-dryer without a timer? I can't understand it. And what sort of person would direct such a potentially dangerous machine at a locked-up animal?
Last July an untrained dog groomer in Essex, UK left a Llasa Apso locked in a commercial dryer, then forgot about him, walking away to answer a telephone call. Dusty the dog had to be euthanised soon after. Both the woman responsible and the salon owner were fined a pittance of £1000 yesterday in court.
Below: Dusty in happier times.
These news articles all include images of the burns so please beware.
-Here with The Daily Mail.
-And here with Vets Online.
The other incident which drew my attention to this worrying trend was last year in Leicestershire, UK, where a pet groomer again killed a dog. The Cocker Spaniel named Trudie was left with internal bleeding as well as severe blisters and dehydration.
Below: Trudie in happier times with her owner.
-Read about Trudie here with The Huffington Post.
-And here with The Daily Mail.
David Bowles, head of public affairs at the RSPCA UK, said "These cases are all very sad- owners are taking their pets to groomers without the security of knowing how safe their animals are. We are calling for the licensing of dog grooming. Without this, pet owners simply cannot be sure that they are leaving their dog in safety. Until we have regulation, it is important that owners thoroughly research their choice of groomer to ensure they can meet their animal's needs. Owners should consider visiting the facility first and ensuring that staff are qualified and competent."
I completely agree with Mr Bowles however if licensing still isn't mandatory, how do you guarantee that the groomer is qualified? What does it mean to be 'qualified'? Who is setting the bar for training and certification?
-Here is the RSPCA's press release on this sad topic.