Wakefield Council clarifies what the national lockdown restrictions mean for dog grooming
Wakefield Council has received several enquiries about the operation of dog grooming businesses under the current national lockdown restrictions.
Dog groomers are permitted to remain open, providing that the grooming is necessary for the purposes of the animal's welfare and not for aesthetic purposes. This means that grooming should only take place to prevent or alleviate suffering, pain, injury or disease.
If the Council receives a complaint that grooming is taking place for reasons other than the welfare of the animal, the business must be able to demonstrate that the grooming was necessary for the welfare of the animal.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: "Dog owners and groomers should consider, on a case by case basis, whether the service is necessary to prevent the animal suffering from pain, injury or a disease developing.
"We understand that the national restrictions are likely to affect dog groomers' routine business and income. We have a dedicated website page where they can see what help and support is available to them through this difficult time."
Affected dog grooming businesses can find out what financial help may be available to them at www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/.
Alternatively, business owners can contact the team at email@example.com for further support.