CBS 6 investigates why groomers in Virginia are unregulated

Posted at 12:04 AM, Jul 03, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. -- - It has been over a month since Colby, a wide-eyed golden retriever, died while he was being groomed at an area Petco store.

Colby's death prompted national outrage and spurred the chain to remove a certain type of cage from all of its stores.

But Colby's death left many asking what type of regulations groomers in Virginia face.

"It could have been prevented," Betty Holzwarth, a former employee who worked at the store, said.

Holzwarth is speaking out for the first time. She used to bathe Colby and quit Petco just months before his passing. She says it is time to carefully scrutinize who is caring for your pets.

"When I left I told my husband I am really worried about the dogs," Holzwarth said.


“Colby was a sweetie dog,” said Betty Holzwarth.

What are the rules for pet groomers?

"There is state oversight for cosmetologists and for barbers, [but] there is no state oversight for pet grooming," said Steve Boschen, who owns The Barking Lot dog groomers in Richmond.

Boschen said he would welcome regulation -- saying there are far too many inexperienced groomers in the industry.



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