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Georgia 'quality breeder' faces animal cruelty in inhumane puppy tail docking

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Leslie Ayo, the owner of Heavens Gate Kennels located in Lawrenceville, was arrested on Thursday and faces eight counts of animal cruelty for the inhumane tail docking of eight Rottweiler puppies reports the gwinnettdailypost.com.

Ayo was hired by a local woman living on Deer Oaks Drive to de-worm, de-claw, and dock the tails of her eight recently born puppies. A witness watched as Ayo used an instrument that looked like a pair of scissors to cut the pups' tails. Nothing was used to stop the bleeding; one puppy later died at a local veterinarian's office. The vet then called Gwinnett County Animal Control to report the cruelty.

The witness stated the puppies all screamed in pain. No anesthetics were used.

On Ayo's Facebook page for Heavens Gate Kennels, she states:

"I gained valuable experience and knowledge as an S.P.C.A Animal Caretaker, Zoo Volunteer, Vet Technician, owner of a successful pet supply boutique, and Director of a No-Kill Dog Rescue. I am a breeder who knows the industry from the bottom all the way to the top and it shows in the quality and temperaments of my animals."

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association:

“ear-cropping and tail-docking are not medically indicated nor of benefit to the patient. These procedures cause pain and distress and, as with all surgical procedures, are accompanied by inherent risks of anesthesia, blood loss, and infection. Therefore, veterinarians should counsel dog owners about these matters before agreeing to perform these surgeries.”

Information on the website Studies Reveal Tail Docking in Puppies is Painful, states puppies would feel intense pain at such procedures - even just a day or two after their births.

The police report from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department read:

… (All of) the dogs were extremely bloody and it appeared that nothing had been placed on the open wound to protect from foreign objects and to stop bleeding."

Avo now faces charges of “causing unjustifiable pain” and causing a puppy's death “by the act of cutting off tails and claws without proper procedure, training or license.”

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