The Daily Fail strikes again. I don't take anything they publish seriously.Grabbing
most mammals by the scruff is fine. That's where their mother would pick them up and simply holding their scruff isn't going to hurt them. It's when you pick an adult dog up off the ground by the scruff that can be painful, because they weigh much more and they are no longer babies. Sometimes it can become necessary though, in my opinion. I have had to grab my cat and pick her up into my arms quickly that way a few times. There's not really a better way to quickly take hold of a cat when they are struggling, panicking, or in danger.
I've done it a few times as a dog groomer as well. If the dog was freaking out, biting, or having some kind of medical episode I can understand why a groomer would pick the dog up that way. It's not like she was strangling it, striking it or otherwise trying to purposefully harm the dog. It looks like the dog tried to jump out of her grasp and she grabbed the scruff. You can see the dog tries to wiggle free every time she attempts to wrap her arm/hand around him for support.
She could have been more gentle, but it's a small wet dog trying to escape, you're trying to do your job in a timely manner, what are you going to do?
And yes, I believe this was published as a slight against her because she is leaving. A grooming salon would never publish a possibly bad PR video for no reason... Makes people think that people who work there are bad and therefore your salon is bad. When those incidents of dogs dying in grooming salons at PetSmart came to the public, people automatically assumed that could happen at any PetSmart salon, which is not true (they definitely broke protocol).
People freaked out when the President of Turkmenistan gave Putin a puppy, and he held the puppy by its scruff for the press to see. The puppy was not in any pain or distress, you can see in the video that it isn't scared or hurt. It's how they pick up puppies and there's nothing wrong with it. I know Putin isn't a popular figure, but you can't deny that he loves his dogs.