Prohibit the Cruel Practice of Dyeing Pet Fur with Human Hair Dye

Target: Jeff Brandes, Senator, Pinellas County, Florida

Goal: Pass laws to prevent pet owners from dyeing the hair of their pets.

A Maltese-mix dog nearly died in Florida after her owner reportedly attempted to dye her hair purple with human hair dye. After the incident, the irresponsible owner reportedly realized that the dog was suffering from skin reactions involving terrible burns. The dog was brought to Pinellas County Animal Services in Largos, Florida and taken out of custody of the owner. The dog, renamed Violet, was given fluids, pain medication, and bandages to treat her all-over burns, swollen-shut eyes, and limp body. Workers at the facility reported that they were surprised that Violet survived the ordeal at all. “We are amazed that she had made it through the night,” the shelter posted to Facebook.

All veterinarians prohibit the use of human hair dye on pets. Hair color intended for use on humans contains chemicals that are toxic to dogs and can be ingested because an animal’s first instinct is to lick off any foreign substance that comes into contact with their skin. In addition, the skin pH of dogs and cats is very different from that of humans, and human hair dye is known to cause skin maladies in pets. In a statement against dyeing the hair of animals, PETA says: “What most people don’t know is that dyeing a companion animal’s fur can cause the animal stress and can lead to complications or allergic reactions that endanger the animal’s health. Our dogs and cats love us regardless of how we look; why not extend the same kindness to them?”

With all of the known harms that dyeing the hair and fur of pets causes, there should be laws and regulations in place to protect the animals we love. Sign this petition to urge Florida Senator Jeff Brandes to pass laws to prevent pet owners from dyeing the hair of their companion animals.


Dear Senator Brandes,

Recently, a Maltese-mix dog was brought into the Pinellas County Animal Services center in Largos, Florida. Although this breed is common and popular, this dog looked unlike all other dogs because she her fur was dyed purple, and she was on the brink of death because of it. Her owner reportedly attempted to color her hair using human hair dye that left terrible burns all over her body, resulting in swelling that was enough to seal the eyes of the poor animal. Workers rushed to care for the dog, providing her with IV fluids, pain medication, and bandages. They were surprised that she survived through the night.

It is known that using human hair dye on animals can cause a host of problems, from irritation and stress to traumatic burns. The chemicals in human hair dye can be toxic to animals if ingested and, because of the differing skin pH levels between humans and animals, can cause severe dermatological problems for animals. Dyeing the hair of an animal with human hair dye is cruel and abusive. I urge you to pass laws that will ban pet owners from dyeing the hair of their companion animals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    What a stupid, ignorant woman…she should have been named in the petition and identified to all—she doesn’t deserve privacy for her dangerous act!!! Signed and posted on Facebook.

  2. Idiots are born every minute! This is one ignorant one! Why would you do something so stupid! What is wrong with people today?

  3. Yes, there SHOULD be a law, because humans are incredibly and incessantly STUPID, and INDIFFERENT towards animals! Possessing more than an ounce of “common sense” myself, years ago I discovered a dear feline friend of mine had her tail dyed (sprayed) purple (by her “owners”) on Halloween night. She had escaped her house and come to ours. I IMMEDIATELY set to washing it all off, knowing now harmful those chemicals are (c’mon folks, it’s DYE, for heaven’s sake!), then took her home myself and told the owners “SOMEONE” had stupidly dyed her tail, it was DANGEROUS, and that I’d washed it all off for her.

    Irresponsible and idiotic humans like them, and this fool in CA, should not even be allowed to have any animals in the first place, since they will most likely end up killing their ‘pet’ DUE TO their intractable lack of brains…just like my dear feline friend’s end came about not that long afterwards. She suffered horribly with those idiots, but she DESERVED so much more, as did this poor little dog.

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