A PUPPY was found with “scabby” cropped ears in Glasgow after the Scottish SPCA was made aware of a dog being “neglected”.

Mohammad Tofiq Sadiq, from Riddrie, has since appeared in court following the discovery.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his American pocket bully by failing to provide vet treatment for injuries caused by a prohibited procedure.

Ear cropping is illegal in the UK and is described as an "unnecessary, painful mutilation with no welfare benefit".

Glasgow Times: Glasgow Times: In April last year, the SSPCA attended a property following a call to their helpline regarding a dog being neglected.

Five-month-old Kilo was discovered. He had cropped ears which were “red and “scabby”.

An SSPCA special investigations inspector involved in the case revealed that Sadiq claimed he only had the dog for around nine days and his ears had been cropped by his previous owner.

When asked if Kilo had seen a vet, he said he had been cleaning his ears with salty water and giving him paracetamol.

Due to concerns for the dog’s welfare, Kilo was removed from the home and taken to a vet to be examined.

Glasgow Times: The SSPCA officer said: “The vet stated that due to how fresh the wounds appeared to be, they believed the procedure had been carried out within the last seven to 10 days.

“Kilo was given anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the swelling and pain the wounds would have been causing.

“We then took Kilo to one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres where he could receive the ongoing medical care he needed.

“While he was there, we scanned him for a microchip and we were able to contact a previous owner who was able to confirm that the dog had full ear flaps when they last saw him in February.”

At a sentencing hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court on October 30, Sadiq was banned from keeping animals for five years and handed a 12-month community payback order (CPO).

“We are pleased Sadiq has received a CPO, and a disqualification order that prevents him from keeping animals for a period of five years due to his blatant disregard for Kilo’s welfare”, the SSPCA officer added.

If anyone is concerned about the welfare of an animal, please call the SSPCA’s confidential helpline on 03000 999 999.