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What's Your Take: Cici the Pink Poodle vs. Boulder City Code?

What's Your Take: Cici the Pink Poodle vs. Boulder City Code?

In a situation you certainly don't hear about everyday, this woman was recently fined for coloring her pet poodle pink to help raise awareness for breast cancer . . . after ignoring several warnings, she now faces a $1,000 charge. Joy Douglas is a salon owner herself and maintains that she has not only done this for four years, she isn't using dye, but instead natural beet juice to create that rosy hue on her pet and raise awareness for an important issue. While Cici doesn't seem any worse for the wear, it turns out her owner's violating the city's code: "No person shall dye or color live fowl, rabbits, or any other animals." "Cici is being stripped of her civic duty," Douglas said. "And I don't plan to take it sitting down." Regardless of your opinion of dyeing animals in theory, do you think this case should be dismissed or is she guilty as charged?


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lizbang lizbang 8 years
All you people who think the law is the law...did you know: it's against the law to kiss your wife on the Boston Common. it's against the law in TX to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing. it's against the law in Hawaii to not own a boat. it's against the law in TX to own more than 6 dildos. it's against the law in Ohio to be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July. it's against the law in Utah to not drink milk. it's against the law in many cities/towns to throw snowballs. it's against the law somewhere in CA to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool. it's against the law in MA to snore. it's against the law in MA to have a goatee...w/out a license that is. it's against the law in NH to "maintaining the national forest without a permit" (ie picking up trash at a beach or camp ground etc). it's against the law in Pennsylvania sing in the bathtub. it's against the law in several New England states for a man to not carry a rifle to church on Sunday. it's against the law in CT to dispose of used razor blades. it's against the law in Montana for a wife to open her husband’s mail. it's against the law in MA to Tattoo and body pierce. it's against the law in Baltimore to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt. it's against the law in Elko, Nevada to not wear a mask while on the streets. it's against the law in my home town (in CA) to back into a parking spot. there are a lot of silly laws out there...whether or not you believe in this particular law, not all laws should be followed. I, for one, do not want to see people carrying guns to church. And I don't care what day of the week it is: if someone needs to be arrested, arrest them! What about those sad lactose-intolerant people in Utah?
tmmkitten tmmkitten 9 years
jessness, there is quite a bit of assuming going on in your post. just because someone wears pink, doesn't mean that she is doing something for attention or to look good. nor does it put her open to mean comments about her "horrible" style. the law is the law, but veggie dye is very different from chemical dye, and as she owns a salon, what problems i would have with this; ie animal cruelty, are dismissed. in the end it is her dog. she is challenging a very odd law, and i too am surprised it is garnering so much legal attention, when other much more important laws should have the majority of police's attention. i hope this helps overturn a law that seems arbitrary.
hihowareya hihowareya 9 years
My dog loves beets, and when she eats them, she sometimes gets her face sorta pink, since she has some white on her face. Also, when I was dogsitting a bichon prise, he got sprayed with a skunk late late at night on a weekend, so there were no open stores and no vet offices open or responding, and I had heard that washing the dog in tomato sauce would remedy it...but all I could find in the house were some cans of garlic Italian spaghetti sauce, so I just rolled with that...poor Yogi became a very smelly pink pooch :-x I learned later that vanilla extract can really help with skunk attacks, so I tried that and it seemed to help a lot with the smell. And Yogi's parents regularly brought him to the doggy salon, so he was soon smelling of flowers and whatnot in no time.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
If it's against the law, it's against the law. I applaud her for questioning it though! Laws should be questioned and discussed. If someone was using toxic dyes it should fall under animal abuse and should definitely be enforced, but this? What a waste of tax payers money. If it makes someone happy and it's not hurting anyone, who cares?
cubadog cubadog 9 years
The law is the law no matter what the cause. While I do think it is wasting time you really can't make an exception for one person without others wanting to do the same thing. I loved that episode of the Brady Bunch remember Greg's hair turning bright orange?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
anyone remember the dyed rabbits episode of brady bunch?
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
If it wasn't her pet, or she was using some kind of toxic dye- then I could see the problem. but THIS is ridiculous! The poodle is hers and she's using beet juice for pete's sake!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I think it's incredibly presumptuous to think you know why she's coloring the dog's fur other than what she says. Beet juice is red. White fur is white. White + red = pink. It's not like paint that would completely cover a white wall. If it's the law, then it's the law. It doesn't matter what she used unless the statute specifically says hair dye. I agree with others, though: poor dog! Poor little cute dog getting all that attention and affection from enamored strangers. All the petting, loving, holding, cuddling, treats, positivity, sweetness and gifts for unknown reasons! Oh my! How embarrassing.
TokiDokiMi TokiDokiMi 9 years
I feel bad for her, She's a hair stylist here in Colorado (where I live) and she dyed her dog with beet juice. I can understand if it were something harmful like hairdye but it's just juice! The dog can still clean herself and lick her paws, not only that but if you look closer, she didn't dye around any of the dogs face; therefore she's obviously concerned about her animal's well being. I don't think she deserves a fine for this.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
If we are speaking technically, the ordinace is using the word dye as a verb, not a noun, so it doesn't matter what she is using to color the dog, merely that she is doing it. I don't think it is a huge deal, but I hate it when people do embarassing things to their dogs.
linb linb 9 years
It's not hurting anyone, I think they should let it slide. I read about this in the Denver newspaper, and apparently the dog has helped raise a lot of money. People will come to the salon just to see the dog and to donate. And I hope this attention helps to raise even more.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
If there is a law, no matter how obscure, it should be followed. Personally I think that dying your dog is extremely stupid, no matter what the cause. I highly doubt that she is doing this for a cause. Unless someone actually stops her and asks why her dog is pink how is anyone going to know its for a cause. Plus dying the dog for the past four years does not look like she is doing it for a cause. PLUS seeing her horrible pink tights and everything else she has that is pink it looks like this is a person who likes pink and wanted her dog to match. I also HIGHLY doubt that the HOT PINK color that dog is from beet juice. If it was more rosy or toned down I could see using beets but not that color. BTW stupid using beets to "color" the hair is still DYING it. What do you think hair dyes where before Clairol? It was using natural products to stain the hair :oy: It may not be a chemical change but it is still dye
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Technically, it's the law. But I'm appalled that the city is wasting its time enforcing it here when there are likely much more important issues to deal with.
acemonkey acemonkey 9 years
I would never color my dog, but whatever floats your boat. Honestly, she is not hurting the dog and she's not bothering anyone, so leave the poor woman alone.
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
1) it's not like the dog is aware that she is pink (dogs are colorblind) 2) she is doing this for a good cause. 3) its freakin ugly but it's to raise awareness not to be "cute" So let it be, its a dumb law anyways.
Dollylo Dollylo 9 years
There's one guy in my area who does the same thing on his dog! How ridiculous!! And really... Poor dog! :(
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