Holyrood, Nl.L. — A Holyrood woman is facing a slew of charges for reportedly selling “purebred” Boxer puppies with docked tails from her home.
The 41-year-old has been charged with eight counts under the provincial Animal Health and Protection Act (animal protection regulations) following a complaint to Holyrood RCMP in early February.
Docking dogs’ tails, which usually means removing them, is illegal in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as several other provinces in Canada. It’s also prohibited with horses and cattle.
More veterinarians across the country are speaking out against pet cosmetic surgery, often popular among dog breeders. Other illegal practices include cropping dog ears, meaning cutting them into a point to make dogs appear more appealing.