Dogs with clipped ears found crammed into crate in West Midlands home

Bear, Luna and Tank were being kept in a dog crate in Kimberley's kitchen
-Credit: (Image: RSPCA)

A Birmingham man has been slapped with a suspended prison sentence and a lifetime ban on keeping dogs after he was caught breaching a previous disqualification order. James Lloyd Kimberley, 37, failed to adhere to a five-year dog ownership ban imposed in 2020 due to neglect of seven dogs.

Kimberley's latest run-in with the law occurred after police and RSPCA officers discovered three dogs with cropped ears at his property on July 4, 2023. The dogs, named Bear, Luna, and Tank, were found crammed into a crate in his kitchen, alongside chilling evidence of ear cropping, such as bloodied scissors and a steel clamp.

Ear cropping, often done to achieve a certain 'look', is considered purely cosmetic and has no health benefits for the animal. The district judge, during sentencing, highlighted Kimberley's "high risk" status to dogs, referencing his past convictions and his ties to the "murky world of ear cropping", suggesting he had knowledge of both practitioners and clients involved in this cruel practice, even if he wasn't the one performing the procedures.

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Kimberley of Berkley Road, Birmingham, received a 21-week custodial sentence, suspended for two years, and was subjected to a tagged curfew between 7pm and 7am for four months. Additionally, he must pay a £154 victim surcharge and cover £800 in costs.

His ban on keeping dogs has been extended for life, with no opportunity to appeal for a decade, reports Birmingham Live.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA commented: "We'd like to thank those who helped us in our investigations. We rely on members of the public to tell us if someone has breached a ban. We depend on the public to be our eyes and ears and we take breaches of bans very seriously - as do the courts."

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