A MOTHER and son who cropped the ears of Dobermann puppies have been banned for life by the Kennel Club.
Hungarian born Antia Lodine-Gombkoto, 43, and Tibor Baranyi, 19, of Rotten End, Wethersfield, Braintree, Essex, had been convicted of trading as a pet shop without a licence at The Orchards, Shalford Green in Braintree in Essex, causing unnecessary suffering to a Dobermann by failing to provide veterinary treatment for an ear infection, and causing unnecessary suffering to a Dobermann by the ‘inappropriate splinting of cropped ears’.
Chelmsford Magistrates heard the dogs were in small cages ‘sodden with faeces and urine’, and that one had its ears splinted and bandaged. Four Bulldogs, a French Bulldog and two Dobermann puppies were also found at the premises.
The court banned them from keeping dogs for ten years and imposed an eight-week jail term suspended for 12 months, ordered them to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and ordered them to pay £3,407.27 costs between them and £80 victim surcharges each.
The case was discussed recently by the KC’s Disciplinary Sub-Committee which heard that Lodine-Gombkoto and Baranyi had registered two litters in 2015. It imposed the following disqualifications: