CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for clipping his puppy's ears in Hamilton County.
At a court hearing Wednesday, Oswaldo Padilla-Garcia reluctantly agreed to give up his now-19-week-old pit bull pup named "Rux," to pay $1,200 for recovery care and to stay away from all dogs for a year.
Animal services division Capt. Dianna Burrow told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the ear clipping is common among those who want to train dogs to fight.
Rux was in court as Padilla-Garcia denied participating in any illegal dog fighting.
A neighbor reported seeing the ear cutting and authorities arrived to find the dog whimpering and bleeding and a pair of rusty, bloody scissors.
It is not illegal to clip a dog's ears if the animal receives anesthesia and a veterinarian's care.
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