Pet groomer arrested for abusing dogs

A Plant City pet groomer and his girlfriend were arrested on Thursday afternoon by Hillsborough County Animal Control after they say he abused dogs he was supposed to be grooming.

Authorites say that 36-year-old Gary Mark Hicks, a convicted sex-offender, who owns and operates Pet City Groomers abused dogs he was trusted with grooming. He was charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty and one count of confinement of animals without food or water.

Animal Control also arrested Hicks’ girlfriend 19-year-old Heather Morrison and charged her with one count of felony animal cruelty after it was discovered that the couple’s dog was malnourished and weighed 25 pounds less than it should of.

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