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Earless Pup Needs Home

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Vinny's ears were inhumanely removed. This resilient puppy is looking for a new home.
A Cape Girardeau Animal Control officer picked up a five-month-old pit bull puppy that looks different from your average dog. The pup does not have any visible ears. Veterinarian Ann Seabaugh of LaCroix Pet Hospital examined the pup who was named Vinny by humane society staff. Seabaugh said she believes his ears were clipped off completely without anesthesia when he was probably just days old. The skin was then sewn over the opening to the ear, leaving him without ears. Seabaugh said that Vinny can still hear, but things just sound muffled to him.

This is considered mutilation of an animal and it is an illegal act. Any information regarding the breeder of this puppy can be given anonymously to The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri by calling 573-334-5837 or you may call the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

Cheryle Dillon, Director at The Humane Society, says that Vinny is a very friendly puppy. He gets along with people and other animals. Dillon said that Vinny does have a condition called Cherry Eye, which is the swelling of a gland in the eye. His eyes will be repaired with surgery and it should not affect his vision. Vinny is looking for a new home.

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Oh, if I could only get my hands on the stupid, vile, sub-human beast who could do that to a helpless puppy!

-- Posted by Oroborus on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 4:16 PM

There is no excuse for this kind of treatment of an dog. Only an animal would do this to a puppy. What do you bet it had something to do with dog fighting?

There are some evil people in this world. I hope they don't have kids.

-- Posted by calypso12 on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 7:22 PM

In all seriousness: An abused pitbull with muffled hearing and an eye condition...

If he can't find a home, isn't this a prime case for a pup being put down?

-- Posted by OlderEagle1 on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 8:26 PM

This puppy still has an excellent temperment, which makes him adoptable. His eye condition is common and easily fixed. I am glad he will get a chance at adoption, but for all homeless animals it is just that, chance...and he deserves one.

-- Posted by Zuanii on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 11:02 PM

What really bothers me is that there could be more out there like Vinney. Some wacko could have done this to a whole litter...If they find the person who did this, he should have his ears cut off!

-- Posted by leighann457 on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 8:40 AM

People cut the ears off of dogs like this for fighting purposes. That is often the reason that this breed of dog has their ears cut back. They are less likely be biten if they have been removed.

-- Posted by Kevlar on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 11:27 AM

No, Vinny should not be put down. I have met Vinny and he is going to be a wonderful family dog. I hope he gets the chance to have a loving family. There are so many wonderful dogs/cats down there, people should go see them and even if they cannot adopt them themselves they could recommend them to others who may be looking. Please help these animals have a chance for happiness and a good home.

-- Posted by Ice_Fox on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 12:02 PM

someone will adopt vinny. he looks so loveable. i would adopt him except my fiance says not another dog. he will find a good home!!! poor puppy....

-- Posted by lovemyfamily on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 3:28 PM

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