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Pet grooming dangers, Utah family now faces $5,000 medical bill

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — It took Bailee Sunday years to convince her parents that she could handle having a dog. They agreed to get her Zeus on the condition that he be her responsibility.

“I just wanted, you know, someone to play with a lot and I don’t know, someone to cuddle with,” Bailee said.

Her father Dennis said she had done a great job taking care of her Zeus, but shortly after Zeus went to the groomer, she noticed a cut on his genitals.

“He started acting up and he got swollen and inflamed,” Bailee said.

Angela Murdock is the owner of Meowser Pet Salon. She is also part of the Utah Professional Pet Groomers Association. She said there is some oversight for animal groomers, but it’s limited.

“Animal control needs to visit lounges and make sure there are appropriately sized cages, check valves on our tubs, and that everything is humane in the facility,” Murdock said.

This visit takes place just before a groomer opens his business, after that there is nothing. That’s why Cierra Nystrom of All Pet Grooming said it’s so important for pet owners to do their research.

“To see if they have ongoing training and certifications, see if they have their first aid and pet CPR training,” Nystrom said.

Zeus had to wear a cone for weeks while his family worked to find a solution.

“The doctor told him it was either an operation or we had to put him down. It really broke his heart,” said Sunday.

The specialist told Bailee it would cost up to $5,000 to save Zeus’ life. Bailee and her father hope that by sharing their story, they will help prevent this from happening to another family.

Bailee created a GoFundMe to try and raise money to pay for Zeus’ surgery. To learn more about how you can help Bailee and Zeus, click here.