ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island couple is outraged after their dog, Coconut, came home bald after visiting a local pet grooming salon.
Denis and Michael Boufis, of Islip, told CBS2’s Steve Langford that Coconut came home wounded after a trim at Pooch Pad in East Islip on Saturday.READ MORE: Tribeca Film Festival Opens June 9, Will Close In Front Of Full-Capacity Crowd At Radio City Music Hall, Gov. Cuomo Says
“The vet said you know they couldn’t believe they were shaved so close and there was some visible razor burns,” Michael Boufis said.
Christopher Larocca, who recently took over Pooch Pad, said the dog arrived at his grooming salon with thick, matted fur, which covered up the dog’s skin problems.
“Coconut came in Saturday as well as the family’s other dog in extremely poor condition,” Larocca said.READ MORE: New York State To Adopt New CDC Guidelines For Vaccinated People Starting This Wednesday, Cuomo Says
Larocca, who did the grooming himself, said the dog had to be shaved that close.
“Coconut always requires medicated baths, each time associated with chronic skin irritation,” Larocca said.
The Boufis’ other dog was also shaved clean at the salon on Saturday, but was uninjured.MORE NEWS: NYC Adding 250 NYPD Officers To Subways As 24-Hour Service Resumes
The Suffolk County SPCA, who was investigating the salon, said they will most likely close the case after a veterinarian report found no instance of neglect, and that the incident was more likely a matter of sloppy grooming.