Appeal for information as puppy found with cropped ears

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The RSPCA has launched an appeal for information after a three-mouth bull breed type puppy with illegally cropped ears was found in Essex in November.

An unnecessary procedure to remove part of a dog’s ear, cropping is illegal in England and Wales under the Animal Welfare Act. The pup, named Lira, is currently in RSPCA care and receiving veterinary care.

Cropped ear

RSPCA inspector Chris McGreal said, “We are trying to find out who was responsible for this pup when she had her ears cropped. Her owner has told us she was bought from a stranger with her ears already cropped in a field around Hutton Mount, Brentwood, and only had her in their care for 12 hours. This was at the start of November.

“We’ve not been able to find out anything further about the person responsible for Lira at the time of the ear cropping and details about the procedure itself so we’re launching an appeal to try and help with our enquiries. If anyone can help us find please can you call us on our inspectorate appeals line on 0300 123 8018.”

While ear cropping is illegal in the UK and across the EU, importing cropped dogs from abroad remains legal – a loophole that the Kept Animals Bill is seeking to close. Proponents of the law argue that banning the import of cropped dogs would effectively remove a smokescreen used by people who send their dogs abroad specifically for the procedure, or who illegally crop the dogs in the UK while later claiming to have bought them legally from abroad.

Anyone who is concerned that someone might be cropping dogs’ ears themselves, or sending their dogs abroad to have the procedure done – which is also illegal – should report it to the RSPCA by calling 0300 1234 999.

Images by RSPCA

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