Woman Fined For Dyeing Dog’s Paws and Tail Pink

Halloween night turned spooky for Christine Hill when a Jacksonville, Fla. animal control officer handed her a ticket for $255 for dyeing her poodle's tail...


Halloween night turned spooky for Christine Hill when a Jacksonville, Fla. animal control officer handed her a ticket for $255 for dyeing her poodle’s tail and paws. Trick or Treat? No, this was the real deal, even though the dye was barely visible, and it was a non-toxic doggy dye that washes out with the next bath, and it was only on the dog’s paws and the end of her tail. Apparently dyeing a dog is illegal both in Florida and the city of Jacksonville.

It’s good to know there’s a municipality where there’s so little animal cruelty that animal control officers can go after such heinous perpetrators as Hill. She is putting out the word so that other Floridians will be saved from the same pricey mistake, reports News4Jax. (I’d like to know if she bought the doggy dye locally. Maybe the store is in cahoots with the city! Every $5 bottle of dye brings the city $255. That would be a clever operation!)

Of course, if the dog had been one of the poodles below, I might see the cause for some concern…

I sniffed around the internet a bit and read that dyeing dogs is also illegal in Colorado, home of breed-specific legislation. Does anyone know if that’s the case, or if dyeing dogs is illegal in other states?

(BTW I bring you this bit of (dyed) fluff to make up for Monday’s and Tuesday’s grueling morning posts. Watch for a fun contest later today!)

2 thoughts on “Woman Fined For Dyeing Dog’s Paws and Tail Pink”

  1. Oh and since when is Florida Wildlife out looking for pets on Halloween night? They are home with their kids or waiting for calls to come in. They certainly aren’t going to be driving around and looking all around while there are children all over the place. It’s legal in Florida to have your dog or cats’ fur dyed. People need to know the laws before they make up stories.

  2. The law is that birds, foul, and bunnies can’t be dyed because of how they dye them at easter and then they end up unwanted. Other animals used to be listed BUT only if they were less than 12 weeks old. So having your dogs fur dyed is legal in Florida. But is has to be non-toxic and safe for animals. I say this because some idiot used human hair dye on their dogs and it severed burns. It’s not cruel and dogs don’t care about looking a different color. They only see a couple of colors anyways. Plus, dogs love the attention it get them.

    This is just an article to try to stop people from dying animals because in their opinion it’s bad to do. It’s just an opinion. And like everything in America it’s a small group bullying and pushing around the majority of people just because they can get away with it. People need to mind their own business and stop crying to the government to make the majority of the people follow the small groups beliefs.

    Everyone wants to police the rest of America. And if there was a fine that was given, which I hardly doubt actually happened, then shame on the wildlife enforcers. Unless you do something super bad they always just give you are warning to start with. That’s why I think this is made up or exaggerated and came from a different article I read where the agenda was clearly to convince not to dye your dog. Also when do you see Wildlife officers out and about looking for trouble in a city? Someone she knows probably called it in but still it would just be a warning.

    Another typical American move; try to scare people into doing what you feel is right. The entire point of my comment is that this article is not on the up and up because like I said you can legally have your animal dyed as long as it’s not a chicken or some kind of foul or rabbit. And the old law was for other animals but only if they were less then 12 weeks old.

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