Nottingham Forest's Jesse Lingard has been blasted in his latest Instagram postLingard shared images of his new dogs Creed and Cash with cropped earsEar cropping is an illegal procedure in the UK and has no health benefits to dogsThe surgery that involves slicing the ear is usually done for cosmetic reasons
Nottingham Forest star Jesse Lingard has been slammed on social media after sharing a post showing his new dogs Creed and Cash with cropped ears.
Ear cropping is an illegal procedure in the UK unless performed by a vet for medical reasons, but has become a popular cosmetic surgery for some dog breeds.
Lingard’s prized possessions appear to be of Doberman and Mastiff-type breeds with their ears mutilated to look pointy and more pronounced.
Ear cropping is a procedure whereby the floppy part of the ear is cut away and the hard part is then left to grow upwards to promote a more ‘attractive’ look.
Nottingham Forest star Jesse Lingard poses with his protection dogs Creed and Cash
Lingard shared images and videos of him playing with the two dogs on his Instagram page
The procedure is usually done on puppies aged between six and 12 weeks and can be extremely traumatic for dogs.
Additionally there is no recognised health benefits to the surgery, with many owners having their dogs ears cropped for fashion purposes.
Lingard, 29, has been accused of animal cruelty since sharing images and videos of his dogs on Instagram with some users blasting the England international for animal abuse.
One commenter on his post that has received over 120,000 likes wrote: ‘Ruined 2 amazing dogs! Idiot’.
The 29-year-old has been slammed for purchasing dogs that have had their ears cropped
Another opposed this view however, suggesting that Lingard wasn’t in the wrong as they replied: ‘The dogs looks pretty healthy. But of course, people will think as always, they have the authority to judge the other.’
The post shared to the former Manchester United player’s Instagram platform that has 9.7million followers showed the footballer posing and playing with his two dogs outdoors.
The dogs were bought from Chaperone K9 Ltd who boast on Instagram that they are ‘Suppliers of the finest family protection dogs around the world’.
The two dogs were purchased from Leicestershire-based company Chaperone K9
The Leicestershire-based company has previously supplied dogs to Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney.
Protection dogs have seen an increase in popularity amongst footballers as high-profile stars look for new ways to increase their home security after numerous break-ins and robberies at footballers homes.
Sportsmail has contacted Lingard and ChaperoneK9 for comment.
Source: Nottingham Forest star Jesse Lingard accused of animal cruelty after sharing Instagram post showing his dogs with cropped ears as he is blasted for the cosmetic procedure that is ILLEGAL in the UK