JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Animal Care and Protection Services officers were seen removing 17 dogs from a home in the Murray Hill neighborhood on Thursday, taking them into custody.
Their withdrawal comes nearly three weeks after police arrested 48-year-old Eric Davis. Authorities said the investigation began with an animal complaint that led to a welfare check on the dogs that were on the property.
According to his arrest report, Davis posted videos of himself on Facebook cutting off the ears of pit bulls with a pair of scissors while the dogs were tied to a wooden board.
The report says some of the puppies were awake and not sedated during the procedure. Investigators noted in the report that some of the animals whimpered and cried during the ordeal.
Jim Crosby is a retired Jacksonville police officer who is now one of the nation’s foremost experts in animal cruelty investigations.
“It would be like doing surgery on one of your friends or family without a doctor or anesthesia or any other proper procedure,” Crosby said. “It must be incredibly painful for these dogs.”
The arrest report also states that Davis is not only heard in the videos stating that he owns the dogs, but also appears to be soliciting the ear cropping and urging anyone who needs it on his dog to contact him.
Cutting off a pit bull’s ear adds no health benefits to the dog, even though it’s legal in the United States, but under strict guidelines to protect the animal, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. .
“There are a number of countries in which cutting off any dog’s ears is illegal because it’s an unnecessary medical procedure,” Crosby said.
Davis was released from jail on bail. Neither Davis nor his wife wanted to speak to News4JAX.
Records show that two years ago Davis was cited for having more than five unspayed dogs on his property. He was also cited for not ensuring that all dogs were vaccinated. Three years ago, Davis was cited for improperly tying up several animals with metal chains.
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