Woman accused of running dog ear cropping business at East Providence car wash
A 28-year-old woman has been accused of housing American bulldogs inside the Sunset Auto Spa in East Providence and participating in an illegal ear cropping operation with a man in North Smithfield who is not a certified veterinarian, according to authorities.
East Providence police and the Rhode Island Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals said Kayla Card, of North Providence, was arrested on multiple charges, including cruelty to animals, conspiracy, and obstructing police.
Ear cropping is a procedure that takes off a part of the dog’s ear for looks. It’s becoming popular with the particular breed.
"These American bulldogs, it's something that the owners are looking for. It's a style," said Earl Newman, a special investigator for RISPCA.
Newman said it’s becoming a big business. The dogs are consistently sold for between $4,000 to $5,000 and are catching up to pit bulls as the most sought-after bully breed.
Investigators obtained a warrant to seize Card’s Facebook page and were able to begin compiling a list of people that may be involved in the illegal ear cropping.
RISPCA officers are hoping that people that have used that illegal ear cropping service will come forward and cooperate. If they don't, they could have the dogs seized and face charges like Card.
"If they're cooperative with us and are willing to provide a statement, then yes, we have no plans on charging them."
If you have information about the case, contact Rhode Island’s SPCA at 401-438-8150.