The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has issued a warning to dog owners that ear cropping or other cruel and unnecessary mutilations will not be tolerated after a Roscommon man was convicted of offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act (AHWA) 2013.

The court had heard evidence from ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons who described obtaining a search warrant for an address in County Roscommon on 27th February 2019, in response to information received regarding a puppy on the premises with cropped ears.

On execution of the warrant, a blue and white female American Bully pup was found with her ears cropped. The pup was seized and detained.

Inspector Lyons told the court that she believed the man to be breeding dogs for commercial gain and described how ear cropping is done for cosmetic reasons, purely to achieve a look desired by owners.

Speaking to Midwest News today ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling  said they take satisfaction from the fact that offences were proven and somebody was held accountable in this case. 

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