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JPD investigating after officer's wife tries to sell bleeding puppy on social media

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A picture posted to social media of a puppy, whose ears were bleeding after reportedly being chopped off, has caused outrage from the community on social media.

A woman named Brandy Giddens posted on Facebook advertising the sale of a small puppy. It appears the puppy's ears were cropped at home and not by a licensed vet. 

JPD Commander Tyree Jones has confirmed that Giddens is married to an officer and the matter is under review by the Jackson Police Department.

When asked about the puppy, Giddens claims that she never actually saw the dog that she posted and she didn't know cropping their ears in that manner was illegal. She said she has been questioned by Jackson police and told them this information.

When asked who cropped the dog's ears and who the owner was, she would not give a name.

Although JPD would not release the officer's name, according to Facebook, he has been identified as Officer Rahn Giddens. 

Heather Daw with local rescue, Rescue Tails, said she they were given a puppy bought from the same woman about 2-3 weeks ago. She says that particular puppy was also in a similar condition as the one pictured this week. 

Although ear cropping is a common practice among specific dog breeds, the manner in which this particular puppy went through the procedure is what's causing an uproar among social media users.

Is this animal cruelty under state law? Our investigation revealed that it is.

"Under state law, it appears to be illegal. It does in my opinion it is," said Debra Boswell of the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. "It's cruel. They hold them down crop them with scissors hold the little puppy down and do it. There is always the issue of infection and bleeding. The first issue is pain."

Brandy Giddens claims she sold the puppies for someone else and has been questioned by police.

"I won't say who it is," said Giddens. "He asked me to and I did it. I didn't know it was illegal. If I had known it was illegal I wouldn't have done it."

We later found out that the puppy was being sold on Facebook for $300. Giddens told us that she no longer has the puppy.

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