Love Island star Scott Thomas has issued an apology after he purchased a Doberman Pinscher dog with clipped ears.
The former reality star, 32, came under fire when he uploaded a snap onto his Instagram page where he posed with his new pet pooch – who had its ears and tail cropped by a breeder abroad.
As he unveiled his new pooch to his social media fans, on Friday, Scott announced that he had wanted to become a dog owner since he “was a kid” before telling that he had decided to name the large canine Juno.
Shortly after his announcement, the Mancunian personality gained negative attention from Instagram users when they noticed that Juno sported clipped ears.
Cropping or clipping a dog’s ears is illegal in England and Wales, under Section 5 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, there is no benefit for a dog having its ears cut apart from cosmetic reasons.
It is possible buy dogs with clipped ears from breeders abroad.
One enraged fan hit out in the comments: “If you truly claim to be a dog person, please consider the cruel and unnecessary cosmetic cropping of dog ears ”
Another echoed: “WHY would you crop the ears of a dog?!!”
As another upset social media user fumed: “Did you get her imported? Ear cropping and tail docking is illegal in the UK. It’s cruel and you should never support it. Please acknowledge that you have support animal abuse. I would even suggest donating to a credible, anti-animal abuse organization.”
Scott has since turned off the comments from the post and removed all the previous comments that blasted him for buying the furry friend with clipped ears.
After the backlash, Scott released a statement on Saturday in which he told that he was “naive” and added that he Juno was “cropped and docked” before he got him.
He went on to add that he does not “condone or glamorise” dogs having their ears cropped, The Sun report.
He reportedly told: “Firstly I would like to apologise for any upset or offence caused. Secondly I would like to say I have been a huge lover of animals all my life and would never intentionally mean harm to any living creature …
“The puppy I decided on was already in the country and had previously been cropped and docked. Being very naive I didn’t look into the procedure or look into the full extent of the process. In hindsight I should have done more research into the procedure and don’t want to condone or glamorise this.
“This is a lesson I have most definitely learnt from and I hope other people will take time to educate themselves on the subject too.”