Police said they have arrested the groomer accused of ill treatment of animals after a dog was found dead at her Union business.
Union Public Safety charged 32-year-old Shelly Vinson of Jonesville with two counts of ill treatment of animals after they received reports of neglect and abuse at Classy Pets Grooming.
Police said the owner of a border collie found his dog dead at the groomer's, having only left the dog there for several days because he had a stroke.
Officers and Chief Sam White were called to business on S. Duncan Bypass in Union on Tuesday, after the man reported seeing his dead dog inside but no employees were there.
Vinson had told police she had taken the dog out when it got away from her and she found it dead in the bushes, so she put it back in its crate and turned the air conditioning down to prevent it from smelling.
According to the arrest warrant, police said Vinson inflicted excessive pain and suffering on the dog that led to its death while locked in a cage. Police said the dog was found bleeding from the nose and mouth.
Vinson was also accused of leaving other dogs in her care running free inside the building which had feces, urine and trash throughout the inside and outside of the building.
She was arrested on Sunday and was being held on a total $6,089 bond for both charges.
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