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“These dogs suffered through this traumatic experience for no other reason than an outdated view of aesthetics.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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