In pictures: Puppy with cropped ears and tail seized by ISPCA
An eight-week-old puppy was removed from a property by the ISPCA after they discovered its cropped ears and docked tail.
The young English Bull Terrier, named Lulu, was discovered by an ISPCA inspector at a property in Waterford in response to a complaint through the local Garda station.
The ISPCA said that Lulu was “otherwise in good health”. She has been transferred to the ISPCA National Animal Centre for re-homing.
Inspector Alice Lacey, who conducted the inspection, said: “This young puppy should be expressing her normal behaviour through her tail and ears, but instead would have been subjected to painful procedures to remove them at a very young age.
“People should be aware that tail docking is now an illegal practice and will not be tolerated.”
The docking of puppies’ tails and removal of claws may only be conducted by a vet and only under specific circumstances which do not include cosmetic purposes.
A statement from the ISPCA said: “In the past it was standard practice to dock the tails of certain breeds of dogs, but modern veterinary thinking considers this to be a cruel and unnecessary mutilation and is an offence under Irish legislation.”
The ISPCA have asked that anyone with animal welfare concerns report these to the ISPCA by calling the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or reporting online here: http://www.ispca.ie/cruelty_complaint