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Man accused of clipping ears off seven puppies

Posted at 10:29 AM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 14:15:21-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Niagara Falls man is now facing a number of animal cruelty charges accused of clipping the ears off seven puppies.

45-year-old Michael Anthony Paonessa pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Falls City Court on Monday, his bail is now set at $2,500.

According to Dog Control Office David Bower, the owner of the dogs gave the puppies to Paonessa to have their ears "cropped", which is a popular look for certain breeds.