A groomer, accused of strangling and otherwise abusing clients’ pets, has pleaded not guilty to a charge first-degree animal cruelty. According to multiple sources, 28-year-old Michelle L. Burt, owner of two grooming businesses in the Tri-Cities, allegedly caused the death of “at least” one cat and one dog at her grooming salon.
The allegations against the groomer
As reported by the Associated Press, Burt is accused of causing the death of a cat and dog at her Paw Spa grooming business in Pasco. KXLY News reports that other animals who received grooming at Burt’s business were injured and required veterinary care. Broken bones and chemical burns are listed among the injuries sustained by clients’ pets.
Former employees at the grooming facility claim that Burt would “control” the cats and dogs by cutting off their air supply. Burt claims that she is innocent of the allegations against her, but she has been ordered to stay away from pets. Burt will have to go to trial in November.
(Stock image of dog being groomed via Pixabay free images)
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