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Authorities seek culprit who cut off dogs’ ears; also need adoptive home for pair

December 15, 2010 (San Diego)-Sunny and Cher,  brother and sister puppies found with their ears cut off, were reunited yesterday at the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services.


Sunny was found November 19th in a dumpster outside a Mission Valley shopping center. Then just one month old, he was brought to the County Animal Services shelter and underwent emergency surgery. On December 7th, an assistant at a Tijuana veterinary hospital notified U.S. authorities about a second puppy found in the streets of Tijuana, also with its ears maimed.


The Department of Animal Services, concluding that the pups are litter mates, reunited them yesterday after a month’s separation. Now the Department hopes to find homes for both puppies together. Adoption applications will be accepted through close of business on Saturday, December 18th for the two pups, who have recovered from surgeries on their ears and are in otherwise excellent health. The Department hopes to place the two pups together in a loving home in time for the holidays.


The reason for the maiming of both puppies is unknown. Many dog fighters will cut off their dog’s ears so the opponent’s dog can’t latch onto them. Another possibility could be that the puppies’ ears were cut off to make them look more like Pit Bulls, as the breed is very popular.


“It is doubtful the truth will ever be known as to why someone would hurt these puppies,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of County Animal Services. “There are probably more puppies in this litter and we are hoping they will be brought to our shelter for adoption into loving homes.”