Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pink Poodle Owner Gears Up for Legal Fight

Some people have no sense of fashion--or awareness--or humor--or whatever.

A Boulder salon owner is facing a $1000 fine for dyeing her poodle pink.

Joy Douglas appeared before a Boulder Municipal Court judge and asked for a continuance because she now has an attorney. Her case has be reset for April 7.

Douglas, owner of Zing Hair Salon, received a $1,000 ticket from an animal-control officer for coloring her white poodle, Cici, pink by using organic beet juice.

"We do it to promote awareness of breast cancer," said Douglas, 30, who has owned the large hair salon for three years. "Cici is a conversation piece. Customers come in and ask why the dog is pink. So we tell them about breast-cancer awareness, about the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and then we ask for a donation."

Of course, some people have no sense of fashion, humor, whatever you call it. Some people were upset at a pink poodle.

A few customers called the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, whose commissioned officers enforce the city's animal ordinances. One ordinance prohibits the coloring or dyeing of animals, a law that went into effect about five years ago to discourage families from dyeing rabbits and chicks for Easter.

"We've received a number of complaints about the dog," said Lisa Pedersen, director of the humane society. "We've been out to talk with Joy several times. Finally, we gave her a ticket to let the courts decide the issue."

by Mondoreb
image: mcginter
Source: Pink Poodle's Owner Preps for Legal Fight

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