SERIAL ABUSER ALERT: El Paso Pet Groomer Drugs and Beats Dogs… ‘So Many Have Already Died!’

“After Precious was picked up after the service, she was lethargic and she was hurt,” said El Paso Police Detective Michael Vaughan, with the department’s animal cruelty unit. “It appeared the dog had been drugged with something.”

Did you know that dog groomers do not have to be licensed in the state of Texas and in most cities? Well, this lack of regulation is troubling lawmakers in the Lone Star State after some recent cases of animal cruelty.

When the owners of a adorable cocker spaniel took her for shampoo and trim at Jireh Pet Grooming on Montwood, they never in their wildest dreams expected what happened.

Here’s the scoop from our friends at KFOX14:

The owners of a cocker spaniel named Precious said she was full of life until they took her to Jireh Pet Grooming on Montwood.

“After Precious was picked up after the service, she was lethargic and she was hurt,” said El Paso Police Detective Michael Vaughan, with the department’s animal cruelty unit. “It appeared the dog had been drugged with something.”

Soon after, she died. Vaughan investigated this case.

“The owners believe the groomer was responsible,” Vaughan said. 

The detective said the shop owner’s son, David Gonzalez Sifuentes, admitted to being rough with Precious. He was arrested in February and charged with animal cruelty.

This wasn’t the first animal cruelty case involving the family.

“We learned that the mother, the owner of the business on Montwood, her daughter had a warrant for animal cruelty that stemmed from a case in May,” Vaughan said.

While working at a different groomer last May, Lucia Gonzales Sifuentes was arrested for allegedly hitting a dog named Za on the head and squeezing her face and nose.

KFOX14 Investigates obtained reports showing Sifuentes was charged with animal cruelty.

Zia died a few months later. Her owners tell KFOX14 that Zia was never the same after the alleged abuse, which was caught on camera.

“Because of the that video recording, it was able to bolster their report,” said City Representative Claudia Ordaz-Perez, who is now working to change local rules for dog groomers.

Council members will discuss changing the city ordinance to require cameras in grooming shops Tuesday morning. They’re also expected to discuss the licensing aspect.

The animal cruelty unit says those who suspect abuse should report it by calling 311.

Do you ever use the grooming services at Jireh Pet?

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