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I am very sorry to hear that this happened while you had entrusted the dog to the groomers..
What is your legal question that I can help with?
Yes, the limit in small claims is $5,000 and you don't need an attorney. The clerks will have the summons and complaint forms you need to file and can help with getting the groomer served with the suit.
Although pets are more family than not, the law considers them personal property, like a lamp or a TV, so the court can only award you the financial value of the animal, not any sentimental value.