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Sign: Justice for Dog with Ears Cut Off for Selfies

In a now-viral image circulating throughout Turkish social media, two young men pose proudly next to a cowering dog with bloody stumps for ears, each man holding what appears to be a dog ear in his hand.

According to Turkish news, the pair are suspected to be involved in dogfighting, and were reportedly punishing one of their losing dogs.

The Turkish justice system has now let the men off with a fine of just over what is equivalent to $1,000 U.S. dollars. And no jail time.

This lax punishment is not acceptable for inflicting such reprehensible harm on an animal.

These men’s shockingly light sentence is not even close to proportional to the pain and suffering they senselessly inflicted on an innocent animal — let alone the multiple dogs presumably forced to tear each other to shreds in fights staged for human entertainment.

Animals are not toys. They are not property. They have thoughts and feelings, as backed up by research demonstrating that dogs are just as sentient as a human child. What’s more, cruelty to animals is irrefutably linked to cruelty to human beings.

This incident of grossly inhumane treatment highlights the urgent need for the Turkish government to revisit their animal cruelty laws. Please sign this petition now to call on Turkey’s Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kılıç, to advocate for stronger punishment for animal abuse. Dogs like this deserve justice, and animal torture must be treated like the serious crime that it truly is.

In January 2017, a photograph appeared and was subsequently widely circulated that appeared to show two men standing over a dog that had just had its ears cut off:

The images sparked a rash of internet outrage, and eventually led to a petition:

The photos of a dog with both of his ears cut off have gone viral on social media. I set up this petition because I want to bring justice to this defenseless animal and I demand that the monsters responsible for this are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

These are real images. While news stories concerning the incident were widely published on Turkish media web sites, we have yet to find an English-language report. Through Google translate, however, we were able to piece together some background information.

  • The incident occurred in Isparta, Turkey.
  • The two individuals pictured above were detained by police and fined 4,404 lira (approximately $1150)
  • The incident was likely related to rooster and dog fighting.
  • As of this writing, the dog in the above photograph is still missing.

Unfortunately, Isparta wasn’t the only location in the world to witness animal abuse during the first few days of 2017. The Michigan Humane Society offered $2,500 for any information about a Rottweiler who had had its ears and nose cut off:

“It appears that someone purposely maimed this poor dog, which has caused it a great deal of suffering,” said Mark Ramos, one of MHS’ lead cruelty investigators. “This kind of cruelty is unacceptable. We need to be a voice for these animals and as a community we need to speak through our strong actions to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” Since 1994

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OKLAHOMA CITY–Little Rocky’s story captivated the hearts of many around the metro.

The three-month-old puppy’s situation was horrifying after he was found with both of his ears cut off down to the scalp.

“It looks like they were torturing this dog,” Kaylee Doonkeen said.

She and her husband discovered the puppy crying in their yard the day before Thanksgiving.

He was rushed to the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter where he was treated and he’s been in a foster home ever since.

On Sunday, Rocky started a new chapter in his life.

“It was terrible. It’s inhuman to think that someone would do that to a puppy, to anything and it just broke my heart when I saw him,” said Jesse Dean.

Rocky was adopted by Jesse and April Dean and their five-year-old grandson, Tucker.

“He just needs some love. And we just thought we would give it to him,” said Dean.

The Deans were chosen from about one hundred people who contacted the shelter wanting to adopt Rocky.

Shelter officials say the family was just a good fit.

“When you have a puppy, he needs a lot of time and patience and they had that available for him. And then we knew it was important that Rocky go somewhere with children. He loves to play, he loves to be around children,” said Jon Gary, the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter Superintendent.

The Dean family gave Rocky a new name.

He will now be called Mako, named after the shortfin Mako shark.

“He’s tough. He’s tough. He’s, Mako’s are tough fish, sharks and he’s a survivor and now he’s going to get the love he deserves,” said Dean.

“Mako’s” ears have healed well and shelter employees are happy that he found a home.

But they say it was tough to see him go.

“It was actually kind of hard. You know we’ve all kind of grown attached to him over the last couple months and he’s been in a foster home but he visits us regularly,” said Gary.

As the Dean family left the shelter, they promised to bring him back to visit.

Authorities still don’t know who abused Mako.

Gary says there is around $15,000 in reward money from various organizations for information leading to an arrest.

One of Turkey’s biggest music stars has lent their weight to a campaign to prosecute two young men who chopped off the ears of a young dog in İsparta.

Calling into a live TV show, Bülent Ersoy spoke out against the teenage thugs, who posted pictures of themselves on social media posing next to the bleeding dog, while holding its ears in their hands.

Dog mutilators are “modern day terrorists”

Ersoy told viewers on the Duymayan Kalmasın show: “If I saw them, even if was going to be put to death, I would slap them. Those dogs are living souls…These are the modern day’s terrorists.”

News of the barbaric incident in İsparta, western Turkey, spread internationally after Hasan Kuzu and Neşet Yaman added a series of photos of the wounded animal on their Facebook accounts. The posts have since been deleted, but not before screengrabs were captured.

According to local news reports, Kuzu and Yaman are allegedly involved in dog fights and they decided to punish one of their dogs for losing a fight. Their barbaric behaviour prompted an American, Angel Nielson, to start an online petition calling on the Mayor of İsparta to take action against the perpetrators.

Over a million people have signed petition to bring “monsters” to justice

Citing Article 8 of the Law of Protection of Animals no. 5199, Ms Nielson asked people worldwide to show their support “to ensure these monsters are brought to justice as soon as possible”. Over a million people have signed the petition since its launch last week.

İsparta locals also urged their Mayor, Yusuf Ziya Günaydın, to intervene. In a statement last week, he said: “I thank and commend the citizens for their concern”, adding that the perpetrators had, “Lost all signs of humanity with this cruel attack on a defenceless animal, for which all necessary actions are now being taken.”

Referring to law 5199 and the location of the attack, Mayor Günaydın explained these incidents fall under the jurisdiction of Turkey’s Forestry and Water Ministry. However, he promised that he would personally track the case to ensure the two men are “punished” and the “dog is returned to full health”.

These photos of the mutilated dog were posted on Hasan Kuzu’s Facebook account

Although illegal, dog fighting continues across Turkey. It is common practice for breeders to remove a dog’s ears to try to make the animal more aggressive. Most incidents go unnoticed.

The social media posts helped the police quickly locate and arrest the two suspects, which in turn generated greater media publicity.

Presenters and guests on Duymayan Kalmasın, a popular weekday show on STAR TV, were discussing the story when they received a call from a furious Bülent Ersoy, who complained the savagery should have brought about even greater condemnation.

Speaking live on air, Ms Ersoy said: “If you want to change something you must personally speak out against those who did this…I will battle to ensure these torturers are punished. I will do whatever is needed; if necessary I will march to Ankara. I will show those two cheats how ears are cut.”

Following the show, the Turkish Classical music singer announced that she had briefed her lawyers to make an official complaint on her behalf and to press for the two suspects to get the maximum punishment.

Mutilated puppy becomes political unifier in Turkey

A horrifically abused puppy has outraged a nation and found itself at the center of the Turkish election after being found mutilated in a forest in the country.

The tiny hound had had all its legs, plus its tail, cut off when it was discovered in woodland in the Sapanca district in the northwestern province of Sakarya, prompting President Recep Erdogan to vow to crack down on animal cruelty.

The wounded pooch was taken to a vet for treatment but died during surgery on Friday.

It led to a political outcry in the country and prompted a rare moment of unity between government and opposition parties.

Erdogan told an election rally in Istanbul on Sunday that police had detained a construction machine operator on Saturday in relation to the puppy’s death.

He pledged that Turkey’s animal rights laws would be amended after the June 24 vote in which he is aiming to win a second term.

He said: “Whether at home or on the street, we will take the law into consideration and evaluate it. This operator was arrested today. The authorities in Sapanca ordered his arrest.”

“There is nothing acceptable about this, but it is very important to show this awareness.”

The incident prompted a rare show of unity among Turkey’s political parties and presidential candidates, who have been verbally sparring for weeks ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary and presidential elections.

As images and videos of the puppy drew outrage on social media, both government and opposition politicians condemned the act and have called for stricter measures against those mistreating animals.

Animal rights groups say Turkey’s punishments for animal cruelty are too lenient.

An amendment to animal rights legislation has been on the parliament’s agenda for months, but little progress has been made.

Iyi Party leader and presidential candidate Meral Aksener said on Twitter: “This brutality against a small being is a painful manifestation of the loss of values in our country.

“I hope to God that those who hurt a small puppy find what they deserve in the afterlife.”

“If only they would do so in this world with the correct laws as well.”

Humans can opt out of cosmetic surgery, but dogs aren’t so lucky. We choose for them—and we often choose painful, unnecessary procedures such as ear-cropping and tail-docking. To give certain breeds so-called “desirable” traits, unscrupulous veterinarians perform cruel, disfiguring surgeries that cause dogs great suffering.

Dogs usually have their ears cropped when they are just 8 to 12 weeks old. At this stage in their development, the trauma of the procedure can have a strong psychological impact on the maturing pup. The process of taping and retaping a pup’s ears to force them to stand erect after they have been cropped can be agonizing for the dog.

Puppies are normally just a few days old when their tails are docked. They are generally not even given anesthetics to numb the pain. Compassionate veterinarians object to the arbitrary removal of body parts used for communication, balance, and expression. Dogs “talk” to their human companions and other dogs using their ears and tails.

Performing medically unnecessary procedures that simply perpetuate the image of dogs as fashion accessories is outrageous. This image is promoted by the American Kennel Club at its canine beauty pageants and by breeders who believe that “their” breed will be “ruined” if it does not maintain the image handed down by parent breed clubs decades ago.

These procedures are so cruel that they are banned in many European countries. For example, British kennel clubs outlawed ear-cropping a century ago, and cosmetic tail-docking was stopped the U.K. in 1993.

Sadly, some veterinarians still see nothing wrong with mutilating a dog whose guardian is willing to pay for it. The American Veterinary Medical Association states that “ear-cropping and tail-docking are not medically indicated nor of benefit to the patient. These procedures cause pain and distress and, as with all surgical procedures, are accompanied by inherent risks of anesthesia, blood loss, and infection. Therefore, veterinarians should counsel dog owners about these matters before agreeing to perform these surgeries.”

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Man arrested after allegedly cutting off 7 puppies’ ears with scissors, police say

A New York man was arrested Monday and faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly cutting off seven puppies’ ears with a pair of scissors, police said.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – A New York man was arrested Monday and faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly cutting off seven puppies’ ears with a pair of scissors and without anesthesia, police said.

Michael Anthony Paonessa, 45, of Niagara Falls, New York, was charged with seven counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and seven counts of clipping/cutting ears of dogs, the Niagara Gazette reported. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday, the report said.

Police told WRGZ-TV that they first learned of the incident from an anonymous tip through the Niagara County SPCA.

Animal Control Officer Dave Bower of the Niagara Falls Police Department said he was contacted on Sept. 25 by a 32-year-old woman who said her American bully puppies had their ears cut and that she didn’t believe it was properly done, according to the paper.

Bower called the suspect’s actions “depraved and sadistic,” the Gazette reported, citing his police report.

“The (practice of) ear cutting started with dog fighters,” Bower told the paper. “They would cut the ears because when dogs fight, they grab for their ears and try to tear them. That causes the dogs to bleed profusely.”

Bower said he didn’t suspect the puppies’ owners intended to use the dogs for fighting, but rather that ear cutting has now become a popular “look” with pit bulls and pit bull mixes, the report said.


“People want their dogs to look tough,” Bower said, “so they’ll get the ears clipped. But there’s no real reason to get the ears cut.“

Bower also said that the puppies suffered from a “very brutal procedure,” as the suspect cut the animal’s ears without anesthesia.

“If you’re cutting a dog’s ears off without the proper anesthesia and without it being in a medical facility where it can be properly done so these animals aren’t suffering it’s brutal,” Bower told WRGZ-TV.

The puppies’ owner told Bower that she gave the puppies to Paonessa on Sept. 14 to have their ears “cut and cropped,” the paper reported. She said Paonessa received $250 to cut the ears of all seven puppies, the report said.

Niagara Falls police told WGRZ-TV that the owner of the dogs allowed this to happen to save some money, adding that she had been breeding American bullies and wanted their ears cut off.

“It’s cosmetic, it’s for an appearance sake for the most part that’s why it was done,” Bower told the station. “She just knew this guy I guess from the street or whatever and knew that he does this.”

The puppies’ owner said Paonessa returned the dogs to her about 12 hours after he took them, the Gazette reported. The woman then described the puppies ears as “a mess and not properly stitched up,” according to the report. Paonessa told her he “ran out of stitches,” she said.

“This has to be done through a veterinary clinic,” Bower told the station. “Apparently one of the puppies, the ears became so infected and inflamed that they had to take it to a veterinarian clinic, the owner of the dog did.“

Bower said the animals would be properly “stitched and given pain medication” by a veterinarian. The puppies are recovering from their injuries, he said.

The animal control officer said the puppies are still with the owner of the dog, but are being sold, according to the reports.

The Niagara County DA’s office will determine whether any additional charges will be filed.

This story was reported from Los Angeles.

Puppy recovering after being discovered with ears cut off

An eight-week old puppy is recovering after it was discovered during a police raid with its ears cut off.

The dog, named Waffles, was discovered by San Angelo Police during a narcotics raid on a Texas home last week.

Local animal rescue Concho Valley PAWS says that his ears had been cut off by his owners and left unbandaged, leaving him with “significant injuries” and putting him at risk for parvo and other infections.

An infant was also removed from the home by Child Protective Services during the raid.

Police say that the home was found in such disgusting conditions that they, along with fire marshals, have begun the process of condemning the property.

Waffles was seized by animal control and taken to PAWS, where it was discovered he had a fever, indicative of an infection.

The organization says that Waffles was treated by a local veterinarian, and is safely living in a foster home before going up for adoption.

The owners have been charged with the possession of controlled substances, though further charges could be coming.

“We have that option with some further investigation on that misdemeanor offense,” Lt. Ed Kading told PAWS. “At the moment, the felonies these defendants are facing could lead to serious penalties. We have time.”

Grand Jury will get case of man charged with cutting the ears off puppies

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — A Niagara Falls man, facing numerous counts of felony animal cruelty, was back in city court Friday morning.

Michael Anthony Paonessa, 45, was arrested earlier this week for allegedly cutting the ears off of seven puppies. A Niagara County Grand Jury will now hear the case, unless there’s a resolution to the case.

Dog Control Officer David Bower said the owner of the young dogs gave them to Paonessa to have their ears cut and cropped, a practice he described as a popular ‘look’ for pit bull dogs and puppies.

“If you’re cutting a dog’s ears off without the proper anesthesia and without it being in a medical facility where it can be properly done so these animals aren’t suffering it’s brutal,” Bower said.

This all happened about a month ago but wasn’t reported to police until last week.

Niagara Falls police say the owner of the dogs allowed this to happen to save some money and had been breeding American bullies and wanted their ears cut off.

REPORTER: Why even do that?

“It’s a cosmetic, it’s for an appearance sake for the most part that’s why it was done,” Bower said. “She just knew this guy I guess from the street or whatever and knew that he does this.

REPORTER: So he has absolutely no certifications, no qualifications whatsoever to trim the ears of dogs?

“No, this has to be done through a veterinary clinic,” Bower said. “Apparently one of the puppies, the ears became so infected and inflamed that they had to take it to a veterinarian clinic the owner of the dog did.”

Bower said the puppies are recovering from their injuries. Police tell us the six other puppies appear to be in good health.

REPORTER: Many people would question why she would bring these dogs to Mr. Paonessa allegedly?

“She paid him $250 to do all seven dogs. A veterinary office will average price $350 per dog,” Bower said.

REPORTER: Where are the puppies now?

“They are still with the owner of the dog,” Bower said.

After Paonessa’s preliminary hearing Friday, he spoke to us about the charges he faces.

“Anybody that knows me in this town knows I have nothing but love for animals,” he said. “I deny everything I got nothing to say to you or anybody else.”

But Paonessa did have more to say, telling us off-camera that he was a veterinary technician for seven years.

But, 2 On Your Side has not been able to confirm this through a state education department database.

He also said that someone else did the operation on the puppies and the owner of the dogs brought them to him, to fix what had been done.

“There was absolutely no indication of that in the investigation that was done by the Niagara Falls Police Department,” said Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek. “She believed she was giving these dogs to have the dogs’ ears clipped by someone who knew what he was doing.”

REPORTER: Could she be looking at any type of repercussions?

“She would except in the circumstances of this case frankly we wouldn’t of even known about this case without her coming forward being aghast at what happened,” Wojtaszek said.

Police say they first learned of this incident from an anonymous tip through the Niagara County SPCA.

Paonessa faces multiple counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and unlawful clipping of the dogs’ ears.

We’ve also learned that in 2010 he pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty. We don’t have many other details about the case, other than it involved dogs and that he received a conditional discharge.

Concho Valley PAWS seeks donations for dog who had ears cut off by owner


SAN ANGELO — A pit bull puppy with half his ears cut off was found during a narcotics search by police.

Pit bulls often have their ears cropped, a cosmetic procedure typically performed by a veterinarian while the dog is under sedation, but officials said the eight-week-old puppy was not sedated when his ears were cut with either shears or scissors.

The dog, named Waffles, was seized by animal control Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 in the 1900 block of South Randolph Street. San Angelo Police Department officer Ed Kading said the dog was taken from a family during the search, according to a social media post by Concho Valley PAWS.

The post also notes an infant was removed from the home.

Kading told Concho Valley PAWS, a San Angelo nonprofit that cares for sick and injured animals, the house was in such “disgusting condition” the Fire Marshal had started the process to condemn the home.

Police released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying they found THC products, marijuana, an injured dog, an infant, three juveniles and $1,300 at the home. Officers arrested Kelien Thompson, 20, and Alexis Comeaux, 19, on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance of between 4-400 grams.

Two juveniles also were arrested on suspicion of evading arrest/detention and a third was released to a parent. The infant was taken by Child Protective Services.

PAWS is raising money to help pay for Waffles’ medical bills.

“Waffles needs our help,” PAWS’s Facebook post states, “if he returns to the shelter he will be at risk for parvo and other infections considering his wounds. Please help if you can.”

Jenie Wilson, director of PAWS, said the puppy was tested for parvovirus last night and the test results came back negative. Wilson wants this to be a lesson to people to say something, if they see something.

“People are so abusive and they think that they can get away with anything,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the reason pit bulls have their ears cut is to make them look aggressive.

“It’s just so sad to think what he has been through in just the first eight weeks of his life,” Wilson said.

Waffles will be able to be in a foster home by Wednesday. The woman who will foster Waffles has veterinarian experience, so she can make sure he gets the help he needs, Wilson said.

It is unknown what other medical help the dog will need, or how much his medical bills will total, but as of 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, PAWS raised $1,692.

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