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3OYS Investigates: Backyard ear cropping of puppies

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

New developments in our investigation surrounding what many call a barbaric, inhumane and possibly illegal procedure; a Jackson police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a case where puppies underwent painful backyard ear cropping, without anesthesia or vet care. 

"We would never crop the ears on a dog that is six to eight weeks of age," said longtime Jackson veterinarian Dr. Adrian Whittington. "Number one, that is not a good time for babies to have surgery, particularly without anesthesia. Normally ear crops are about three months of age."

Dr. Whittington believes the puppies who endured the backyard cropping are too young. Rather than take puppies to licensed vet's for the cosmetic procedure, some do it themselves.

Some puppies don't survive.

"It's the puppies that live through these procedures that are for sale," added Dr. Whittington. "But trust me, there are puppies out there that have these procedures that don't live through it."

Our investigation turned up disturbing photo's. Brandy Gidden posted a picture of a bloody eared Tri-mix for sale online. The asking price was $300.  

Concerned citizens bought another Pit puppy, Layla, from Gidden recently. Her ears had been severely cut back. 

Layla continues to have health issues in a Brookhaven rescue shelter.

Gidden, the wife of a Jackson police officer, claimed the pups she sold belong to Willie Butler. Jackson police say her husband has been cleared of any wrongdoing.  

According to JPD Commander Tyree Jones, investigators can't confirm Brandy Gidden's involvement at this time, except that she sold puppies online that had been altered.

In a Facebook post laced with profanity, Wiiz Wii defends backyard cropping saying he posted puppies for sale.

"Mite not be my pup I post, if it is and I decided I want to get them cropped that's my dog, my business."

Not exactly.  A police investigation is underway.

Animal advocates say this is animal cruelty under Section 97-41-1 and 97-41-16 (2) which states:

 (a) If a person shall intentionally or with criminal negligence wound, deprive of adequate shelter, food or water, or carry or confine in a cruel manner, a person who is convicted of the offense of simple cruelty to a dog or cat shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not more than One Thousand Dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

Dr. Whittington is very vocal in his opposition to backyard ear cropping.

"All of it is barbaric. It's  archaic," said Dr. Whittington. "And it shouldn't be happening in this day's world or any world that we live in. People that do this to animals, I mean psychologically, are much more prone to mistreat their children."

Animal advocates say they will not walk away from this controversial finding.

Commander Tyree Jones says the case remains under active investigation and in the hands of the animal control division. 

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