Could Your Pet Be in Danger at the Groomers?

Animal rights organization PETA wants more oversight of pet grooming, an unregulated industry.
3:02 | 05/21/15

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Back now at 7:41 with "Gma investigates" and this morning dog grooming dangers. There have been dozens of reported cases of animals being abused and mishandled by groomers. It's a completely unregulated business and ABC's Cecilia Vega has more on the potential risks for your pets. Reporter: Like so many loving dog owners Hannah Hartman spends big bucks to keep her 7-year-old shih tzu joey looking clean and cute. But Hanna says what should have been a routine trip to a groomer at petco last year turned tragic when joey came home unable to walk. What are the doctors telling you about what they think happened. The traumatic injury was the result of joey falling off the table. Reporter: After receiving major hip surgery, joey needed physical therapy to learn how to walk again. The total for all of the medical bills about $7,000. Reporter: $7,000. Petco eventually settled with Hanna but refused to comment on the case. "Gma investigates" discovering dozens of cases of alleged pet grooming abuse and neglect throughout the country across numerous companies. One instance, caught on camera, watch as this groomer pulls on this dog's leg inside a petco grooming room in Georgia. Petco later terminated the employee writing in a statement "There are strict grooming protocols in place to ensure the safety and well-being of pets and we are very concerned by the conduct of the groomer in this video." Dogs being injured at groomers is a pretty significant problem. Reporter: Animal rights organizations PETA wants more oversight of it and unregulated industry. Currently no state requires groomers to be licensed. We, unfortunately, hear about a lot of incidents, some animals are strangled when they fall off of grooming tables and some animals are abused by groomers who get violent and you're not there to protect your dog. I found out the hard way. Reporter: Rosemary's 6-year-old shih shoe bizou died. I sought out a large chain thinking everybody there was licensed to find out they're not. This way was shocking. Reporter: She sued the groomer and settled out of court. Today she is pushing New Jersey to pass a law that would require pet groomers to be licensed. There will be some kind of legislation so you know when you go in, you'll get a licensed professional and N somebody who may be doing it for the summer to make a paycheck. There's a big difference. Reporter: What can you do if your pet is a victim? Start by telling the owner of the establishment. Report it to the police because every state has a cruelty to animals statute. Basically tell everyone. Don't let a groomer get away with this. Reporter: An ha says she'll keep complaining until something changes. There needs to be something in place so that there are people who are trained who are taking care of our pets. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Cecilia Vega, ABC news, San Francisco. Got to fight for your family. Who knew about the licensing? Not knowing that. Thank goodness for the good groomers out there makes me appreciate them more.

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