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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1976        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 680


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to pet grooming.






Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1976        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 680

By Ms. Coakley-Rivera of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 680) of Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera and others for legislation to establish a pet grooming license.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to pet grooming.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Chapter 129 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 39F the following section:- 

              Section 39G. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:-

              “Cage and Box Dryer", a product that is attached to or near a cage or box for the purpose of    drying or aiding in the drying of a pet contained in a cage or box, and which is capable of functioning without a person manually holding a dryer.

              “Division”, the division of animal health of the department of agricultural resources.

              “Pet”, any dog or cat placed in the care of a pet groomer for grooming or styling.

              “Pet Groomer”, an individual who clips or styles a pet for financial remuneration.

              “Pet Grooming”, clipping or styling a pet for financial remuneration.

              “Pet Grooming Facility”, a commercial establishment where a pet may be bathed, brushed, clipped, or styled.

              (b) No person shall engage in the act of pet grooming without first obtaining a license. The division shall grant pet grooming licenses.

              (c) The division shall establish a testing procedure for applicants interested in obtaining a pet grooming license. Applicants may only obtain a pet grooming license after completing said test satisfactory to the standards put forth by the division.

              (d) The division shall create and maintain a record of licensees based on information obtained from applicants and the results of their testing. This record shall contain any history of disciplinary action, suspension of license or revocation of license.

              (e) The division shall issue the applicant a license as a pet groomer upon payment of an initial licensure fee which shall be $20. There shall be a subsequent biennial license renewal fee of $20.

              (f) The division shall make yearly inspections of pet grooming facilities to ensure compliance with the provisions of this section and to ensure compliance with any additional rules and regulations promulgated by the division.

              Any person making inspections shall be first provided training in the provisions of this section, in the rules and regulations promulgated by the division, and the proper care of pets in general.

              (g) Upon investigation by the division, the division shall decline to grant or renew, or shall suspend or revoke a pet groomer's license if they find that:

              (i)              the applicant or license holder made a false statement of a material fact in the application for a license;

              (ii)              the applicant or license holder committed an act of gross negligence while pets were in the license holder’s care;

              (iii)              the applicant or license holder was convicted of, placed on probation for, granted a continuance without a finding for or otherwise plead guilty to, admitted to a finding of sufficient facts or received a dismissal upon payment of court costs for violating any provision of section 77 of chapter 272.

              (h) In addition to denial, revocation, suspension or refusal of renewal of a license, as otherwise provided in this section, any violation of a provision of this section is a civil offense, for which a penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each violation may be imposed.

              (i) No pet groomer shall use a cage or box dryer which contains a heating element for the purpose of drying or aiding in the drying of a pet.

              (j) The division may promulgate additional rules and regulations in order to ensure the safety of pets while at a pet grooming facility.

              (k)  The division may retain all license fees and fines it collects under this section to be deposited in a separate fund to be administered by the division to be known as the Pet Groomer Enforcement Fund.  The fund shall be credited with any monies transferred under this section and any monies credited or transferred to the fund from any other fund or source and shall not be subject to appropriation.

              SECTION 2. The licensure requirement provision shall take effect beginning January 1, 2015.

              SECTION 3. Section 1 shall take effect beginning January 1, 2014.

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