On Sunday evening, Baltimore City Animal Control received a call about two dogs tied to a tree with several puppies left at an empty lot. When officers responded, they discovered the puppies had been for sale, and one of the puppies had been bleeding from his head; his ears had been mutilated and cut off.
According to the Facebook page of BARCS ,the dogs and puppies were seized and brought back to the shelter. The puppy, dubbed Claude, cried in severe and heartbreaking agony.
“It was clear that the inhumane and cruel removal of Claude’s ears was done using poor instruments (such as household objects), leaving him with tissue damage, pain and infection.
In the arms of our staff, little Claude whimpers and cries. When he hears an interesting sound, he attempts to tilt his head and move what is left of his ears, but only finds himself in more pain. He’s only 10 weeks old, and just trying to do natural puppy behaviors…but he can’t.
What was wrong with the ears he was born with? Nothing.”
Claude underwent surgery on Monday to repair the damage. Tragically, the puppy lost more of his ear structure. Meanwhile, he is being treated with pain medication and antibiotics to fight the infection. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association, as well as most shelters and veterinarians, oppose the cropping or removal of a dog’s ears. Dogs without ears are more likely to suffer from ear infections. Also, dogs show expression through their body language and use their ears as a part of how they communicate.
There is now an open investigation into this alleged animal cruelty case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Fritzges with the BCPD Animal Abuse Unit at 443.681.0101.
To help with Claude’s medical care, donations can be made here:
[If you donate on the website, please be sure your gift is dedicated to him, please include his name in the “additional comments” section of the donation form. Facebook donations on this post are already attributed.]
Baby Claude deserves a happy puppy life without pain and suffering. Together, we can give him that.
Get well soon Claude.
(Photos of Claude’s ears mutilated and cut off via BARCS)
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