The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for slicing the ears off of a young pit bull puppy. The dog is now in the care of San Antonio Animal Care Services. Sadly, this is  one of two strikingly similar torture cases the agency is handling right now.

The Case: Around March 24, a puppy named Sancho was mutilated by an individual who sliced off his ears, which is illegal unless performed by a licensed veterinarian under anesthesia. Pictures posted on Facebook by Sancho’s owner show the dog evidently sedated and his ears bloodied in the living room of a Westside home. Sancho’s owner surrendered him to ACS, where he is recovering.  While the owner has been identified, ACS is still seeking to identify the individual who performed the procedure.

In the other case, an individual used pruning shears to slice off the ears of a puppy named Jefe, after reportedly consulting an online video for guidance. Jefe is now in the care of ACS and a suspect has been identified in his case.

Felony charges of torture are pending in both cases and Animal Care Services cruelty investigators are seeking any additional information on the person or persons responsible for mutilating Sancho.

“It is a heinous crime to slice the ears off of puppies, and no animal deserves to be forced to endure such a painful, unnecessary and illegal act,” said Katie Jarl, Texas senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope the reward offer will encourage anyone with information to come forward.”  

“This needs to stop,” said ACS Field Supervisor Manuel Flores. “People need to get away from playing doctor and leave animal surgeries to the veterinarians.”

Animal Cruelty: Violence against animals is a crime that affects entire communities. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault. Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community.

The Investigators: Residents who may have any information on the cases and the individual responsible are encouraged to call 3-1-1.

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources and support to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. We offer rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States has doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. For information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

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