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Puppy found dumped in Langley following suspected home attempt at tail amputation

STEPHANIE IP, Postmedia Network

Lola, a three-month-old Doberman pinscher puppy, was found abandoned at the side of the road in Langley on July 2, 2017. (Postmedia)

Lola, a three-month-old Doberman pinscher puppy, was found abandoned at the side of the road in Langley on July 2, 2017. (Postmedia)

Why would someone try to amputate a puppy’s tail?

That’s what the B.C. SPCA is investigating after a three-month-old Doberman pinscher was found abandoned at the side of a road in Langley last weekend.

On Sunday, a pair of Good Samaritans visiting from out-of-town spotted the dog near some mailboxes at 264th Street and 64th Avenue. The dog was rushed to the Abbotsford SPCA for treatment.

“The puppy was thin and her tail area was grossly swollen and infected — oozing puss and blood. She was clearly in a great deal of pain,” said B.C. SPCA spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty.

The dog’s tail was also “wrapped tightly” with a plastic zip tie, which SPCA staff suspect was a botched home amputation for “cosmetic purposes.”

Moriarty noted the puppy is purebred and wasn’t microchipped, leading SPCA investigators to believe the dog may have come from a breeder with a litter of new pups. Staff are now concerned there may be other pups from the same litter who were subject to the same treatment.

“This was a barbaric act that caused needless suffering to an innocent puppy,” said Moriarty of the “ignorant and callous” deed.

In 2015, the College of Veterinarians of B.C. banned cosmetic ear and tail cropping, making it illegal for vets to perform the procedure and recognizing that it’s a painful and often needless procedure for animals to undergo. Tail docking may be needed in cases where a dog’s tail is injured, but those cases appear “very infrequently,” said Moriarty.

“There’s no purpose when it’s done simply for cosmetic reasons and so I would argue that extends to breeders and members of the public — I mean, if a vet shouldn’t do it, why should regular Joe Blow be allowed to?” said Moriarty.

The puppy, which has since been named Lola, is now being cared for at an SPCA foster home. It will be a long time before the dog can be considered for adoption, though people are invited to donate to the SPCA to help cover the cost of Lola’s recovery.

An investigation has been launched. Anyone with information about the puppy should contact the SPCA’s cruelty hotline at 1-855-622-7722.

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