Animal cruelty charge sparks protest at Williamsburg pet salon

Protesters picketed a Williamsburg pet grooming salon Tuesday in response to a leaked video of an incident that resulted in an animal cruelty charge.

Mironda Henning, an owner of The Fuzzy Butt Stops Here, was found guilty in August of animal cruelty for a May incident in which Henning roughly handled a white cockapoo while grooming the dog in the facility, according to Williamsburg-James City County General District Court documents. Henning paid a $1,000 fine.

The incident was captured on video and the video was recently uploaded to the internet by a former employee, according to Barbara Morris, an animal activist protesting outside the business on Tuesday. After discovering the video, Morris and others decided to protest the business.

"They don't deserve to groom dogs," Morris said.

While Morris stood alone outside the business on Strawberry Plains Road late Tuesday morning, she said about four or five people had been at the protest earlier that day before rain put a damper on the effort.

She hopes to have a similar number of people turn out for protests scheduled to start 10 a.m. daily for the rest of the week, she said.

"We're not going to stop," Morris said. She added that her goal is to see the business closed. 

Morris said Henning wasn't working at the business. Whether Henning is still an owner is unclear. Employees at the business declined to comment.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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