Man jailed for cutting his dog's ears off

Victor's ears were cut off by pliers Credit: RSPCA Cymru

A Wrexham man has been sent to prison after he cut his dog's ears off. It's believed he used pliers to do it in an "awful" procedure condemned by the RSPCA.

Police contacted the RSPCA last September after the Staffordshire terrier with his ears chopped off. He was immediately taken to a vet's for emergency surgery. When the dog's urine was tested, he was found to have traces of cocaine. It took a month for his ears to heal.

Christopher Matthew Griffiths from Southsea was found guilty yesterday of causing unnecessary suffering and carrying out a prohibited procedure.

“When I first saw Victor I was just so shocked as his ears were gaping open wounds. I had never seen anything quite like it before. “It must have been so painful for him. It was just so heartbreaking. It is awful to imagine what poor Victor went through. It was totally unnecessary.”

Kia Thomas, RSPCA Inspector

Griffiths, aged 35, was jailed for six months and banned from keeping dogs for 10 years. His dog Victor is now looking for a new home and has been described by his current carers as an "adorable" dog.

'Adorable' Victor with RSPCA Inspector Kia Thomas Credit: RSPCA Cymru

“Since Victor has been in our care he has been doing so well. He is an adorable dog with a lot of love to give. He loves nothing more than to be in your company and loves a cwtch on the sofa. He is now up for rehoming and we hope he will find his forever home soon.”

Kia Thomas, RSPCA Inspector