Groomer Accused of Kicking Dog to Death Must be Punished

Target: Penny Penn, District Attorney, Forsyth County, Georgia

Goal: Punish groomer accused of kicking a dog named Meko to death and lying to his owners about it.

A dog groomer has been arrested and charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly killing a dog within her care. Michelle Louise Root, owner of Paw’sh Paws in Gainesville, Georgia was accused by an employee of kicking a customer’s dog to death. The employee stated that she saw Root chasing the dog, named Meko, throughout the premises before choking him with the grooming lead and kicking him repeatedly.

When Meko’s guardian arrived, Root and her husband reportedly lied and said that the unresponsive dog must have had a seizure. The concerned owners transported Meko to a nearby animal hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Necropsy reports revealed extensive bruising and internal injuries, which would have been consistent with the employee’s account of what happened.

A few days later, another employee came forward to corroborate the story. She said that the attack was completely unprovoked and that Meko was so terrified that he “evacuated his bowels.” Both employees said that this was not the first time they had witnessed Root abuse animals within her care.

When a beloved pet is dropped off at a groomer, trainer, or boarder, owners expect it to be take care of. This alleged attack is shocking and should result in the end of this woman’s career as a groomer. Sign the petition below to ask the prosecutor to seek the maximum possible penalty in this case, as well as a lifetime ban on owning or caring for animals.


Dear Mrs. Penn,

Michelle Louise Root, owner of Paw’sh Paws dog grooming shop, has recently been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly kicking a dog to death. Employees at the shop told police that they saw Root chasing the dog, choking him with a grooming lead, and kicking him repeatedly. The dog was pronounced dead soon after the alleged attack. A necropsy revealed injuries consistent with a beating like the employees described.

The employees also claimed that this was not the first time they had witnessed Root abusing animals. Someone with this sort of attitude has no business caring for other people’s pets. In order to save more animals from abuse, we ask you to not only punish her harshly if she is found guilty, but to seek to ban Root from owning or caring for animals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Angela Fear says:

    This POS needs to be choked and kicked . This just pisses me off. Yes please post the address of this asshole so they can get what’s coming to them. If you can’t be compassionate and patient with animals get out of the animal field. Maybe they could use this groomer in prison to do haircuts for inmates. I actually hope this asshole doesn’t even get to prison. I would much rather see an eye for an eye.???

  2. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    If this had been my dog, there would be hell to pay❗️?
    Signed & shared. ?

  3. Cynthia Pisarcik says:

    Something better be done to these two people!!!!!!!!!

  4. One time too many. If anyone hurt my dog their ass would be mine!!! I sue the shit of them and they would never be able to bee a groomer again.

  5. Marilyn Glasgow says:

    Still another member of the female sex abusing animals. We are all supposed to power up women, but this woman does not and will nor. I am sick of them crying poor me because they think they are so hard done by. And that husband is a real piece of work for sticking up for her. What a lovely pair. To add, I will never know why people take their dogs to groomers and leave them there. I would never trust any of them. Poor little Meko. Rest in peace, angel.

  6. Susan Duplantis says:

    Do the same to this Cowardly bitch & her husband. Then dump their asses in a gator pitt to be eaten alive. Then justice would be served. Hope this inbred bitch don’t have any kids. She will do the same to them.

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