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Cosmetic Grooming

There has been some talk lately about Coloring of Dogs and that groomers could be charged with cruelty if they continued these practices. Well I thought I would look into this and below you will find a copy of my letter to the OSPCA, followed by their reply;

Anne Buonaiuto

Hi Kristin Williams

I’m writing to you on behalf of the Ontario Dog Groomers Association, and its members. It has come to my attention that a hot topic has been circulating regarding coloring of dogs. Could you please let me know if these are true statements that someone has been charged with cruelty for these practices. If this is the case were the charges laid because of the product is used on the animals. All of the products that I’m familiar with are very safe, but if this is what is happening I would like to inform my membership. Most Groomers that do this do it only for fun and most colors can be washed right out, and the dogs almost always love the extra attention. Please be in touch. I would love a statement that I could publish in our quarterly newsletter. If you would like to contact me by phone please do.

Thank you,
Laurel Falcone
ODGA President

Her Reply was:
Hi Laurel,

Cosmetic grooming, such as coloring, does not constitute as a cruelty offence and we are not aware of any charges provincially. It seems remarkable that such a suggestion could be made. The only example I can submit would in cases where a procedure caused pain and suffering, or a condition resulted that required veterinary attention that was not given. Those examples could qualify as an offence.

Thank you so much for getting in contact with us and if I can help again in anyway, please do not hesitate to ask.

Best Regards,
Kristin Williams
Manager, marketing & Public
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office
1-888-668-7722 x305