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Paw Spa owner accused of animal abuse, asks to work with animals while she awaits trial

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PASCO, Wash.-- The owner of a Pasco grooming business, who has been accused of abusing animals, appeared in court Tuesday arguing conditions of her release.

Owner of Paw Spa, Michelle Burt, was charged for animal cruelty in August of 2018 after several customers came forward with complaints.

On Tuesday, her lawyer argued conditions of her release, that state Burt is not allowed to work with cats or dogs. Burt’s Attorney said this was having a direct impact on her business and argued Burt should be allowed to return to grooming services with the addition of security cameras inside the facility that allows pet owners to watch video of their animals while they are being groomed.

The judge denied the request and ruled the conditions of her release will stay in place, stating that while customers may be aware of alleged allegations, the conditions were put in place for the protection of the animals.

Burt’s trial will be held on April 17, 2019.

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