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Jack russell dog and six puppies with docked tails in ISPCA care

16th August 2019

The ISPCA responded to a call from a concerned member of the public about a Jack russell dog and six puppies in Co. Leitrim recently.

Upon investigation, Inspector Karen Lyons discovered a dog and six puppies with their tails docked and living in unsuitable conditions. 

The animals were removed for veterinary examination and transported to the National Animal Centre where they have been cared for as investigations are ongoing.

ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons said:  "The removal of a puppy's tail is not only illegal but it provides no benefit to a dog or puppy.  It is just not acceptable to remove a puppy’s tail purely for cosmetic purposes. Modern veterinary considers this to be a cruel and unnecessary mutilation so what may have been standard practice in the past, is now an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA) and people need to respect this”.

Karen added:  “A dog’s tail also acts as a protective mechanism which they use to communicate with one another, to establish boundaries and to prevent aggressive encounters. Amputating their tail weakens a dog’s ability to communicate properly, leaving them vulnerable to be misunderstood by other dogs and also humans which places them at a social disadvantage”.

All of the puppies have received a veterinary clean bill of health and are already reserved to go to new homes.  If you are thinking of getting a dog or puppy, please visit the ISPCA rehoming page here 

The ISPCA is reminding pet owners that if your new puppy’s tail has been docked, it is likely that it has been done illegally and you should report it to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515.

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Thanks to ISPCA volunteer Hans Smits for taking the photos.

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