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    Is it illegal to do color? I googled and found nothing except SC and FLA, and of course the city of Boulder, CO. How do you find out?

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    Color your dog???

    LOL, color your dog and see what happens???

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    • #3
      Dang I was hoping for an answer...

      Perhaps: In what states is it illegal to dye dogs.

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      • #4
        So did you find it is illegal in FL??? Now I'm curious And of course I want to get hair dye

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        • #5
          the groomers from FL that post on here say its illegal, as well as SC. That is as helpful as I can be regarding those 2 states, lol. Guess I could call the humane society and find out, just thought of that.

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          • #6
            As far as I can remember, the states that it is illegal in are FL and SC and the city of BOulder CO...cannot say I have ever heard of it being enforced, but the threat of it was enough for the NDGAA to cancel creative grooming at their FL shows and SC shows as well.

            the laws were originally anacted to prevent the sying of chicks and bunnies and the law reads that for no commercial purpose" may an animal be dyed, but that is vague and open to a wide interpretation. It can mean anything from advertising to charging to dye the animal to dying it to make it more saleable.

            There was a move a few years ago to get it overturned but it lost momentum as it is not a priority.
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            • #7
              There was a case where someone was charged in 2008, but just don't remember the state. A fine was issued.
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              • #8
                The groomer charged a fine in 2008 was in Colorado.

                In SC the law states that dying of chicks and bunnies is prohibited but it also contains the phrase, "and any other animal." As Parti said, it was intended to stop the influx of Easter-time imports of colorful balls of fur that soon grow up to lose their pastel down, grow feathers, and generally become not-so-good pets (at least in the case of the cute little chickies.)

                A friend of mine is a state Senator here in SC, and, several years ago, he asked me if I would like to work to get that law changed. I fully intended to at the time, but then figured I'd let a sleeping dog lie. (pun intended) However, now that the groomer in Seneca, SC has received a great deal of publicity and the legalities of creative coloring are made known, I think the time has come to work toward that end.

                That being said, most ppl here are totally unaware of the law and, if they do know about it, could care less. Even my law enforcement clients think it's cool and tell me they have bigger fish to fry than hunting down groomers that paint Clemson paws on cats' butts or turn their poodles blue.

                That being said, creative grooming is now receiving a lot of publicity and will continue to do so with the airing of programs such as the one Animal Planet is running in June. AR wackos will get riled up, I'm sure. This will give them something new to pounce on, a new opportunity for validation. And there are always the ignorant folks in the general public who will label creative grooming as abuse simply because they don't like it, don't understand it, and know nothing about it.

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                • #9
                  I was able to look it up on the city website. The entire city code is available.

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                  • #10
                    I live in Michigan and was planning on dyeing my American Eskimo like a skunk for Halloween. We live own a horse boarding/dog boarding/grooming facility and my little stinker feels compelled to roll in horse poo shortly after grooming. I thought it would be a cute solution to an ongoing problem and would tie in with our Halloween costumes for the family. Within 10 minutes of posting my idea, my animal control officer friend objected stating that it is illegal. I'm doing my research, as she can be somewhat of an alarmist, but was shocked to hear of such a thing. I see abuse and neglect cases frequently. I am sought out to help find homes for animals that have been rejected by their families. I love my dog like I love my own children and I can be prosecuted for dyeing his hair?! Lord, I started dying my daughter's hair when she was 13 and nobody said anything negative about that! Don't even get me started on the real world offenses, such as teenage kids running around with metal sticking out of anything they can dream of piercing. Long story short, has anyone heard of it being illegal in Michigan?

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                    • #11
                      dyeing animals is illegal in Oklahoma. I have seen a case where a groomer was charged for coloring a dog.

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                      • #12
                        Legal in Michigan

                        After a bunch of research and phone calls, I have found out that the State of Michigan allows dogs to be dyed. Phew.....I guess Mufassah will be a skunk for Halloween afterall

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                        • #13
                          A few years ago a woman got in trouble for having her dog (St Poo I think) dyed pink for marching in a breast cancer parade in Clemson. I don't remember the details of it, but after she got in trouble was when I quit playing w/"stenciling" my dogs because I didn't want to have to deal w/a nonsense fine and/or bad publicity. I totally get why the laws were written and understand that it was for a good purpose. It's seems kinda silly though that using safe dyes for temporary creative grooming styles falls under the same catagory as unethically or harmfully boosting the color for selling animals.
                          SheilaB from SC

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SwissNChow View Post
                            dyeing animals is illegal in Oklahoma. I have seen a case where a groomer was charged for coloring a dog.
                            We do it any hoo, it started as a way to stop easter chicks and bunnies from being doused in chemical vats.Where was the groomer charged,what town?
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