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Man jailed after paying £3k to have puppies ears cropped in banned procedure as rescuers found litter in cramped cages


A MAN has been caged for paying £3,000 to have nine puppies’ ears cropped in a banned procedure. 

Adam Malik, 29, received a 14-week jail sentence after RSPCA inspectors found the puppies suffering “pain and wound infection” in cramped cages at his home in Bristol.

Ear cropping is a practice where a dog’s outer ears are removed, or have the tips or large parts cut off, for cosmetic purposes. It is often done with razor blades and no anaesthetic.

Malik was caught after RSPCA inspector Kimily Walters visited his home on January 6, the Bristol Post reports. 

Kimily said: “A member of the public had contacted our cruelty line and was worried about the welfare of the dogs, reporting that a litter of puppies had had their ears cropped.

“I attended the home with police and Malik invited us inside. In one room of the outhouse there was a litter of nine 15-week-old bull breed puppies.

"They were all fast asleep, piled on top of each other in a makeshift kennel area.

“It was clean and tidy and the puppies appeared in good condition but had all had their ears cropped. Their ears were red, crusty and had not yet healed.”

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She added: “He told me he had bred the puppies and that he owned their mother, Xena, and father, Pablo. Both dogs were outside along with a third, an eight-month-old called Skittles who he explained he’d also bred. 

“Pablo also had cropped ears and Malik explained that he’d been cropped before buying him and importing him from overseas.”

Another bitch and her 12 four-week-old puppies were being kept in a shower cubicle, and were later seized by cops. All nine of the pooches went into RSPCA care and received pain relief.

Malik admitted he had arranged for the puppies to be cropped, paying £3,000 for the banned procedure.

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard he had intended to sell the puppies - who had received no pain relief during the procedure.

Malik was disqualified from keeping dogs for 15 years and sentenced to 14 weeks in jail.

Sentencing Malik, magistrates said: “You arranged for the puppies to be cropped through someone you didn’t know… [they] were given no pain relief. 

“The puppies continued to suffer pain and wound infection and you must have known they were suffering and they continued to suffer."

RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “Ear cropping is a painful process which is carried out purely for cosmetic reasons and is often done to make a dog look more intimidating.

"It can, however, have lifelong implications on the dog’s health and behaviour.

“Dogs can suffer from infected wounds as well as chronic ear infections, while some may remain incredibly sensitive and head shy for their whole lives.

"Dogs use their ears to communicate with other dogs and with humans and some cropped dogs coming into our care have demonstrated behavioural problems caused by an inability to do this normally.”

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