OKLAHOMA CITY – A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for slicing the ears off a puppy.
Authorities say it all started when a resident in the 1600 block of S.W. 28th St. in Oklahoma City heard a puppy crying in their yard and discovered the dog.
“It’s terrible,” Kaylee Doonkeen, who found the dog, told KFOR. “He looked like his ears were folded back.”
Animal welfare workers responded to the home and realized that the puppy’s ears had been cut off at the scalp.
They rushed the puppy, whom they have named Rocky, to the veterinarian for treatment.
“Our vet seems to think he’s going to be fine,” said Animal Welfare superintendent Jon Gary. “He’ll never have ears. Eventually, the fur will kind of grow over it, but it didn’t affect his hearing.”
Gary said there’s a lot of animal cruelty in Oklahoma City, but this case is unique.
“We’ve had some cruelty cases where the dog had a bad cropping of their ears but, in this case, someone intentionally removed the entire ear, and we typically don’t see something like that,” Gary said.
Now, investigators are searching for the person responsible for the abuse.
PETA is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty to animals charges of the person or persons responsible.
"Someone deliberately cut off this puppy's ears, leaving him crying and in pain until he was found by police," says PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien. "PETA is calling on anyone who recognizes this dog or knows someone who has a similar-looking puppy to come forward immediately so that whoever mutilated him can be stopped from hurting anyone else."
Anyone with information that could help find the owner or the person responsible can call Animal Welfare at 405-297-3117.