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Dog owner fined for tail docking

Rottweiler (generic)
It has been illegal to dock dogs' tails since 2007

A Pembrokeshire woman fined 600 after taking three Rottweiler puppies to the Republic of Ireland to have their tails docked has defended the practice.

On returning to Llangwm, Caroline Terry put them up for sale claiming the tails had been legally removed.

Pembrokeshire Council prosecuted her and said it was "test case" to clarify the law banning the docking of puppy tails in Wales.

Terry said many breeders took their puppies abroad to be docked.

Speaking to BBC Wales she also said there was little demand for Rottweiler puppies that had their tails.

"If you look on the internet there are thousands and thousands of unwanted puppies, people don't want undocked Rottweiler," she said.

"People are still going to Ireland - they saying they are born and weaned in Ireland but how are you going to prove that?

"It's not as if I did it myself - I took them to a professional vet. It is not a very painful procedure."

There is a high instance of pain to the animal - it is an animal welfare issue
Gethin Russell-Jones, RSPCA

Magistrates in Haverfordwest heard she had put the puppies up for sale via the internet at 500 each.

Terry's solicitor maintained because the puppies were taken to the Republic of Ireland to have their tails docked it was outside UK law.

However magistrates ruled that taking the puppies abroad with the intention of having the tails removed was an illegal act.

Speaking after the case, the council's animal welfare manager Nigel Watts said: "The court's decision indicates it is not an option to take any breed of dog abroad for tail-docking for cosmetic purposes."

Tail docking expect in certain cases for working dogs has been illegal in Wales since 2007.

The RSPCA had supported a campaign to outlaw the practice.

Spokesman Gethin Russell-Jones said: "Historically it was a cosmetic thing as some believed they looked better with their tails docked.

"There seems to be a consensus now that there is no need for it.

"There is a high instance of pain to the animal - it is an animal welfare issue."


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