NJ lawmakers push for dog grooming licenses after pet deaths

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New Jersey lawmakers are renewing their push for regulation and licensing of the state’s dog groomers — after a recent probe revealed that nearly 50 dogs have died after being groomed at PetSmart stores across the country, according to a new report.

State Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle told NJ Advance Media that she expects a committee vote this month on now-stalled legislation — first introduced in 2014 — that would require all individual groomers to pass a licensing exam approved by the state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

“More and more stories of grooming incidents are coming out, and quite frankly people are in shock there’s no standard or licensing — but it’s the truth,” Huttle (D-Bergen) said in a statement issued to the outlet. “It’s time to make sure there’s a law in New Jersey.”

A top aide to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) told the outlet the assemblyman is reviewing the bill but wants it to move along quickly.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) sponsored an identical bill, now pending in the Senate.

“I don’t want to hurt small business, but I also want to make certain the safeguards are in place to protect our pets, our loved ones,” Bateman…

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