Puppy tail amputation prompts animal cruelty investigation

Puppy tail amputation prompts animal cruelty investigation
All About Animals

POSTED: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 3:04pm

Animal Services is investigating a case involving a puppy whose tail required amputation due to severe infection. Investigators said the tail had been tightly wrapped with a rubber band with the intention of "cutting it off."

“Wrapping a dog’s tail with a rubber band to cut it off is not an uncommon practice in El Paso,” Animals Services Veterinarian Bernie Page said. “Cutting a dog’s tail is not necessary. It’s mainly for cosmetic purposes on certain breeds like, dobermans and poodles. The tail should only be removed by a veterinarian.”

A concerned resident took the female boxer to the Animal Services shelter, after she found it in her backyard. Animal Services had to amputate the puppy’s tail because it had become gangrenous.

The puppy is a stray. Once the puppy makes a recovers from her surgery, she will be made available for adoption.

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