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Texas pet groomer sentenced to week in kennel for opening business early

Dallas, TX - A Texas judge has sentenced a Dallas pet groomer to seven days in a kennel after she ignored the state's stay-at-home order and opened her nonessential pet grooming business a week early.

Kelly Luper, the owner of Bone Star State Groomers, was given the option of apologizing to the district judge for her disobedience or serving time. She refused to comply and was sentenced to a week in the Dallas Municipal Kennel.

Luper's attorney told the press outside the courthouse, "If Judge Milo thinks we are going to take this decision lying down, he's barking up the wrong tree. We plan to appeal this ridiculous judgment immediately."

The judge's decision comes just days after the Texas Governor and Attorney General called for a local salon owner to be released from jail for a similar indiscretion involving her nonessential business.

A GoFundMe campaign set up to support the caged groomer has already raised over $750,000, leading nearly 5,000 Texas pet providers to open their nonessential businesses in hopes of also being sent to kennels.

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