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Coco, a three-month-old Pit Bull, still has his stitches but the scars from what happened to him Oct. 22 are what really cut deep.

“Imagine me taking a pair of gardening sheers to your ears and lopping them right off without anesthesia, proper follow up, suturing, pain medication, antibiotics,” said City of Sacramento Animal Services’ Gina Knepp.

A licensed vet is the only person who is allowed to crop a dog’s ears. The cost runs between $200 and $400.

Other than the aesthetic, a reason one may chop a dog’s ears off would be for dog fighting.

“If they don’t have ears, like Coco now, (who is) pretty earless, they don’t bleed as much during the fights,” said Knepp.

The puppy, traumatized by what happened to him, is now at a foster home and is getting ready for adoption.

“He’s actually coming out of his shell quite a bit, having only been out of the shelter for less than one day,” said Dawn Capp, with Chako Pit Bull Rescue.

The District Attorney’s office is now prosecuting Coco’s owner. If found guilty, the owner could face a maximum of one year behind bars.