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Posted at 2:39 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Va. dog groomer fights City Hall

By Spencer S. Hsu

A Shirlington dog groomer filed a federal lawsuit Thursday accusing the Arlington County zoning board of violating her freedom of speech by ordering her to alter a whimsical cartoon mural of dogs, bones and paw prints on the back wall of her business.

Kim Houghton, owner of Wag More Dogs, said she paid a local artist $4,000 to paint the 60-foot by 16-foot mural, which faces a dog park behind her shop at 2606 S. Oxford St.

Houghton said the board told her to cover the mural at her own expense, face fines or closure, or make the mural a government sign by adding "Welcome to Shirlington Park's Community Canine Area" in four-foot-high letters.

Read more on the dispute between Houghton and the Arlington County Zoning board on The Post's Crime Scene blog.

By Spencer S. Hsu  | December 2, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
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Might want to change the headline 'Va. dog groomer fights City Hall' since Arlington is a county.

Posted by: frenchyb | December 2, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

What a stupid waste of resources- the mural is fine. Arlington has bigger problems!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 2, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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