Dog groomer charged with animal torture for cropping ears of puppies

In Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, a dog groomer has been charged with animal cruelty for illegally cropping the ears of four miniature schnauzer puppies without proper pain medication often “leaving the puppies crying and screaming” an employee told authorities. Charges were announced on September 6.

According to a news release from the Pennsylvania’s SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Team, Joan Huber, 82, of Montgomery County, has been charged with felonies which include four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals -torture and four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals- causing serious bodily injury or death.

Huber is alleged to have cropped the ears of four puppies on April 29 with scissors or razor blades without fully sedating the dogs. According to Nicole Wilson, the Pennsylvania SPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement,

“These dogs suffered through this traumatic experience for no other reason than an outdated view of aesthetics. Whatever anyone may feel about the issue of ear cropping, no one would imagine that a purported lover of Schnauzers would slice off these puppies’ ears without proper anesthetic or pain management as alleged in this case.”

The four 3-month-old puppies were found at a kennel in Union County after a search warrant was executed. The pups had all recently undergone ear cropping which is only legal when performed by a licensed veterinarian under anesthesia as required by law in Pennsylvania.

The puppies have since all been treated, recuperated and adopted. Be the voice for those who cannot speak. Pennsylvania SPCA’s Cruelty Hotline can be contacted at (866) 601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.

A preliminary hearing for Huber is scheduled for 8 a.m. October 4. Huber denies all charges.

(Photos of illegal cropping ears via PASPCA)

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5 replies
  1. Johnna Gray says:

    I AM NO PHILANTHROPIST.
    I AM REMINDED EVERYDAY WHY I DETEST PEOPLE WHEN I SEE THESE HORIFIC STORIES OF SUCH UNSPEAKABLE CRUELTY.
    I AM AN ANIMAL ACTIVIST.
    CALL ME UNCIVILIZED BUT I THINK,HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING,EACH AND EVERYONE OF THE GUILTY SHOULD HAVE THEIR FUCKING HEADS CUT OFF..
    THAT*S JUSTICE…..

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  2. Adrienne says:

    So this 82 year old woman denies doing this to these pups? Who did it, did they cut their own ears? Please do the same to her with pain meds and see how she survives. Close her facility down and make her pay for the care and treatment of these pups. Glad they have been adopted.

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    • Gizmos Mommy says:

      I have another idea of where to cut this bitch. Suffice it to say that botch would not be able to sit down for quite some time.

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  3. Jan Barnes says:

    At first I wanted the bitch to have her ears cut off, but after reading Johnna’s comment I agree–she deserves to have her head cut off!

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