Pet groomer facing lawsuit for operating as school without a license

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against an Arlington Heights pet grooming shop. The business, owned by Sharon Panther, had been operating as a grooming academy.

Cristina Vais attended the program for nine months and paid $4,500 in tuition. Weeks before she was expected to wrap up the program she called the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Vais says, “I was informed by them that they weren’t supposed to be operating as a school.”

The Grooming Academy’s attorney told WGN that the owners were in the process of renewing their authorization to operate as a school when this happened. He blamed the slowdown on state bureaucracy.

The IL. Board of Education asked the shop owners to stop operating as a school. They now operate as a grooming shop instead.

Attorney General Madigan’s lawsuit is demanding $85,000 in reimbursements to students.