Celebrity dog owners are in the doghouse for owning pets who have had their ears cut in the cruel procedure known as docking.
Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock and footballer Andy Carroll are amongst the stars who have been called out for posting photos of their docked pooches on social media.
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Pinnock was blasted for owning a dog with clipped ears when she shared a photo on Instagram, but boyfriend Andre Gray jumped to her defence.
He argued that the couple didn’t agree with docking, but that they shouldn’t be judged because he had bought the dog, which already had its ears cut, as a surprise for Pinnock.
When she shared some snaps of her dogs, someone commented on Pinnock’s post: “Oh no that poor dog has had his ears cut - that procedure is banned in the UK for good reason.”
The cruel operation sees some breeds of dog have their ears cut into sharp points to make them look fiercer, but is painful and interferes with them being able to communicate.
It is illegal to dock a dog’s ears in the UK, but those looking to own a docked dog get around the ban by importing animals from abroad.
Other famous dog owners who own pets with cut ears include Carroll, who has shared photos of his dog, and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, who also faced a backlash when he showed off his dog who had clipped ears.
One person wrote: “WHY YOU CUT THE DOGS EARS??????”
Others remarked on his clipped ears with crying emojis, and someone else added: “Beautiful dog - but who had that done to his ears.”
Debbie Connolly, an expert on the subject, told The Sun: “It is irresponsible of these celebrities.”