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Salon owner may pay green for turning dog pink

BOULDER - A dog ownerfacing a $1,000 fine for turning her poodle pink asked for and received a continuance on her case Tuesday morning.

Joy Douglas, who owns the Zing Hair Salon in Boulder, says she used beet juice to stain 1-year-old Cici pink.

Last Saturday, animal control gave Douglas a ticket for "dying fowl and rabbits." An ordinance went into effect about five years ago to discourage people from dying rabbits and chicks for Easter. An expanded text of the law, according to city's online version of the code, reads: "No person shall dye or color live fowl, rabbits, or any other animals."

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley tells The Denver Post it has received complaints from people concerned about the pink poodle, and Douglas admits animal control has visited her a couple of times in the past with questions and concerns about the dog.

Douglas, who says she stained another poodle, Lulu, pink about five years ago in conjunction with a Race for the Cure event, says she decided to continue the tradition with Cici.

"It made people happy and it opened up a conversation about breast cancer awareness and what that was for and what that was about. I kept her pink year-round because it gives me an opportunity to talk about it every single day of the year," Douglas told 9NEWS.

Douglas said she planned to attend a rally with Cici at 8 a.m. Tuesday before the scheduled court appearance butonly one of Douglas'friends joined them.

The continuance was granted at the Boulder Municipal Court until April 7th at 2 p.m.

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