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Dog Groomer Kills Dog, Court Bites Dog Groomer

LA RAZÓN (Argentina)

BUENOS AIRES - An Argentine dog groomer has landed himself in a heap of trouble after accidentally killing one of his canine clients.

The dog in question died on Oct. 2, 2010 due to a sedative overdose, La Razón reported. The groomer, identified as Mario Cabibbo, injected the drug prior to trimming the dog's fur.

This week a court in Buenos Aires ruled that proceedings against Cabibbo can move forward. The court based its decision on the fact that the accused "didn't have a license to practice any kind of activity related to animal health."

Cabibbo faces a possible sentence of up to one year in jail.

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