WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (WSAU) - An 18-year-old Minnesota man will be in court today on animal abuse charges. 18-year-old Nong Vang told Wisconsin Rapids officers it was his puppy and he could do with it whatever he wanted. Prosecutors say he cut off a puppy's ears with a razor blade.
The animal survived the attack but was severely disfigured and lost a large amount of blood.
The alleged mutilation of the 4-to-5 month old puppy happened in June of 2009 when Vang was 15.
Vang is expected to enter a plea in Wood County court at 2:00 p.m. He could get up to 3-1/2 years in prison if convicted. Vang is currently free on a $2,000 cash bond.
Cropping dog ears is common for some breeds and is done by trained professionals. In some cases, dog ears are cropped for the purpose of illegal dog fighting, so the opposing dog has less to hang on to during a fight. Vang was charged with mistreatment of an animal after investigators had a veterinarian examine the puppy.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the puppy did not survive the incident. A corrected story is now posted. We regret the error.