A man from Blackpool has been given a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals after having his dog’s ears cropped – a procedure that causes unnecessary suffering and is illegal in England and Wales. 

 

Simon Broscombe (D.O.B 11.10.84) of Bela Grove, Blackpool pleaded guilty to three offences relating to American bully Tyson under the Animal Welfare Act* at Blackpool Magistrates’ on Wednesday (27 November).Tyson

 

The RSPCA attended Bromscombe’s home on 19 March and Tyson was taken into possession by police and placed in RSPCA care.

 

RSPCA inspector Sarah Hayland said: “Ear cropping is a wholly unnecessary process which does not benefit the dog in any way and can, in fact, be detrimental to their health, behaviour and welfare. The practice seems to be gaining popularity due to images on social media and celebrity culture alongside the use of bull breeds in advertising. “

 

“Bromscombe admitted having the dog’s ears cropped despite being aware that it was illegal. He said this was done by a vet and that the dog had received pain relief and antibiotics, but refused to give the name of the vet.”

 

He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work. He was disqualified from keeping all animals for seven years. He was ordered to pay £600 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. He was also deprived of Tyson who will now be rehomed by the RSPCA.

 

Tyson's ears*1. On a day between 18 January 2019 and 19 March 2019 he/you did permit persons unknown to cause unnecessary suffering to a certain protected animal for which you were responsible by way of ownership, namely an American Bully type dog by name Tyson (AM/01 ), in that you permitted that to happen or failed to take such steps as were reasonable in all the circumstances to prevent that from happening, contrary to Section 4(2) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

 

2. On a day between 18 January 2019 and 19 March 2019 he/you being a person responsible for a certain protected animal, namely an American Bully type dog by name Tyson (AM/01 ), did permit another person to carry out a prohibited procedure, namely the cropping of Tyson’s ears, and you permitted that to happen or failed to take such steps as were reasonable in all the circumstances to prevent that from happening, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

 

3. On a day between 18 January 2019 and 19 March 20″l 9 he/you did not take such steps that were reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure the needs of a certain protected animal, namely an American Bully type dog by name Tyson (AM/01 ), for which you are responsible, were met to the extent required by good practice, in that you did not ensure his need to be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease, contrary to Section 9(1 ) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.