N.J. Woman Pushes For Law Regulating Pet Groomers After Her Beloved Dog Dies

After her beloved Shih-Tzu, Bihou, died after being dropped off to be groomed at a major pet chain in New Jersey, Rosemary Marchetto was devastated. In the three years since that traumatic event, Marchetto has dedicated herself to ensuring that no other pet owner has to endure such agony. Currently, the pet-grooming industry is not regulated, which means that there are no standards of care that groomers must adhere to. Working with Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Teaneck), Marchetto is trying to get the Pet groomers Licensing Act—a.k.a “Bijou’s Bill”—passed in the state legislature.

Bijou’s Bill is pretty clear in its mandate: “To be eligible for licensure as a pet groomer, an applicant must: be at least 18 years of age; be of good moral character; and pass an examination prepared by or approved by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to determine the applicant’s competence to practice pet grooming.” It goes on to lay out several other requirements that make a lot of sense.

Click here for the full story and here for the Bijou’s Bill website.

Bijou was six years old when he died at a groomer’s.
Photo via bijousbill.com

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