The recent attempt by the wife of a Jackson police officer to sell a bloodied puppy online has sparked
criticism and outrage on social media.
The puppy appears to have undergone a cropping of its ears at home, a procedure at least one veterinarian said
should be done at an animal hospital or veterinarian’s clinic.
Brandy Giddens, wife of Jackson Police Department officer Rahn
Gidden, posted photos of a small, gray puppy with bloody ears . She also
posted photos of a small, brown, “Tri Pit” puppy for sale on the page for
$200. That puppy’s ears also appear to have been cut.
Cropping dogs’ ears is illegal in Jackson, according to Sec 18-4 of the
city’s Code of Ordinances, which states “no person shall crop a dog’s ears
or perform any other major or minor surgical procedures except a
Brandy Giddens said Wednesday that the dogs did not belong to her and
she posted them on social media as a favor for a friend of a friend.
“Her ears were cropped, but we are not sure of the manner in which it was done,” Daw said. “However, the seller was
clear that it was a ‘home crop’ and not performed by a veterinarian.”
However, Giddens said Layla was not her puppy and she only served as a go between for the dog’s owner and the
person who bought her.
“I didn’t get any money, I was just doing a favor for a friend,” she said. “I’m never going to do that again.”
Giddens said she was not aware that cropping dogs’ ears was illegal in Jackson, saying, “If I had known that I would
have never put the dog on there.”
“In my opinion, ear cropping should only be done by a veterinarian under anesthesia; doing this at home is abuse
and it causes the animal tremendous amounts of pain,” she said. “Unfortunately, this type of abuse is not uncommon
and animal rescues deal with this kind of cruelty, and worse kinds of cruelty, on a regular basis. We in rescue rely on
the community for the funding and support that allows us to save animals from situations like this.”
Dr. Christine Bryan, a veterinarian with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, saw pictures
of the gray puppy. Bryan said she could not “definitively” say the puppy’s ears were cropped at home but noted the
lack of stitches and the appearance of the cropping.
“Typically there’s going to be sutures in place, closing the edges of the cropping,” she said. “If it’s done by a
veterinarian, it’s usually going to look different than that.”
Bryan said cropping a puppy’s ears should always be performed by a licensed veterinarian.
Bryan said after cropping, the dog would be in a great deal of pain and need pain medication as well as a post-op
“It’s something that needs to be checked by the vet who has done the procedure, and it requires continual care after
the procedure,” she said.
JPD spokesperson Commander Tyree Jones said Wednesday morning the matter was under review.
“The Jackson Police Department has received information regarding this issue,” Jones said. “It is currently being
reviewed at this time.”