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LI Couple Outraged After Dog Shaved Almost Bald By Groomer

ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- A Long Island couple is outraged after their dog, Coconut, came home bald after visiting a local pet grooming salon.

Denis and Michael Boufis, of Islip, told CBS2's Steve Langford that Coconut came home wounded after a trim at Pooch Pad in East Islip on Saturday.

"The vet said you know they couldn't believe they were shaved so close and there was some visible razor burns," Michael Boufis said.

Christopher Larocca, who recently took over Pooch Pad, said the dog arrived at his grooming salon with thick, matted fur, which covered up the dog's skin problems.

"Coconut came in Saturday as well as the family's other dog in extremely poor condition," Larocca said.

Larocca, who did the grooming himself, said the dog had to be shaved that close.

"Coconut always requires medicated baths, each time associated with chronic skin irritation," Larocca said.

The Boufis' other dog was also shaved clean at the salon on Saturday, but was uninjured.

The Suffolk County SPCA, who was investigating the salon, said they will most likely close the case after a veterinarian report found no instance of neglect, and that the incident was more likely a matter of sloppy grooming.

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