And yes, as a professional groomer, I do utilize stypic powder for nails that get quicked. I also however make the owner aware of the fact the incident did indeed happen. No animals ever leave my facility without an owner being made aware of any lesions, lacerations etc. Whether we are responsible or not. Sometimes warts get knicked, combative or overly matted dogs get knicked by clipper blades even when one exercises the most care and caution they can..these are living breathing creatures..they move..they are not statues. The difference is, we make the owner aware immediately of any serious issue via the telephone (in the event an animal is knicked etc).
Toenails that are quicked are brought up at check out time. No, we do not apply any type of medicated ointments etc, we are groomers, not DVM's etc. We use professional grooming products only, no short cuts like dish soap etc. We also sanitize brushes, combs, blades, crates etc daily, as well as in between each animal. All animals entering the facility must be on a leash, or in crates. We do not accept 'loose' dogs or cats.
That is part of running a professional establishment.
We get inspected yearly by AC, prior to our license being renewed, and we have always passed without issue, and they do check things, not just eyeball it.
People that take 'shortcuts' like not obtaining a license to operate etc generally also take shortcuts in other areas of business too. It's a no brainer. As for your garage sale, well, you knew the rules right? You chose to break them, so you paid the consequences. Why should you be permitted to skirt the rules when others pay?
I'll be honest, I have had dogs for 24+ years, been involved in the sport of schutzhund almost as long. I have run large commercial boarding kennels(80 indoor/outdoor runs NY), board & train kennel (30 outdoor runs in CA), and my own small board and train/breeding facility over the years in the various states I have resided in.
Have also maintained a very active guard dog company supplying 30+ dogs to various types of business. So as you can see, I have dabbled in most everything dog related. All facilities were run professionally, and animals were housed appropriately. This meant secure kennels with flooring that not only could contain the animal, but could be sanitized, kennel runs that were of reasonable size supplied with a secure solid roof and proper housing. Exterior fences were secure and well maintained as well.
Liability insurance etc was always carried. All of these facilities were either inspected by 'surprise' or during license renewals etc, and in 24+ years of dog keeping dogs both personally and professionally, I have never been charged with anything, nor have I ever been investigated etc. So I guess I am wondering what on earth some of you people are doing or not doing to draw negative attention to yourselves? I have never been cited, not even warned..not once..not ever. And yes, we trained in very public places over the years.
As far as AC rules that vary from city to city etc, absolutely they do. In fact, aren't Rotties still banned in Buffalo Grove IL, but fine in Wheeling, the neighboring burb? It is up to you the dog owner to familiarize yourself with your areas regulations and rules. For instance, here in Baltimore City, it is illegal to train protection dogs. Not even for sport. Also, technically, flexi leads and/or tracking lines etc are 'illegal', anything over 6' for a leash and your dog is considered 'out of control'. Prongs and ecollars are also considered illegal. They even have stipulations as to how you house your dogs, kennels must be of a certain size etc.
As far as the 'animal remains', while I cannot verify the source of them, I am seriously doubting they are from raw feeding etc given the circumstances, but hey, if I am wrong, I'll be the first to issue an apology right here on this board.
Like I said...where there is smoke there is usually fire.
Sad as it is to say, we as a country do need rules and regulations that provide for the humane treatment of our animals, because quite frankly, some people would not provide even the basics if we didn't have them. Do I think some go overboard? Yes certainly, but I always keep in mind the laws have been created to try and protect those that cannot speak for themselves. There are people that think it's totally fine for dogs to live in a vari kennels or wire crates, only getting out to relieve themselves 2-3 times a day, and maybe to come out for training..that's a hell of a piss poor existence for an animal don't you think? That's a prime example of why we have and need laws to protect animals.
I have not seen the complete charges, so I cannot explain the amounts of charges levied against Cory, but again, I maintain, knowing how lax the state of Ohio is in general (this means all counties etc), I tend to think that the conditions must have been pretty disgusting to warrant this amount of charges. I guess it will all come out in the wash as they say right?
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