Animal Cruelty: Woman Accused of Causing Puppy's Death After Cropping Tail

Leslie Ayo is accused of “causing unjustifiable pain” to eight puppies, according to Gwinnett Sheriff's Office.

Leslie Ayo. Gwinnett County Detention Center mugshot.
Leslie Ayo. Gwinnett County Detention Center mugshot.

A Fairburn, Ga., woman was charged with eight counts of cruelty to animals from a November incident in Lawrenceville in which she cropped the tails of eight puppies, resulting in the death of one of them.

According to a Gwinnett Sheriff’s Office press release, Leslie Ayo, 38, was arrested Thursday, March 13, at her Fairburn residence and taken to the Gwinnett County jail.

In the arrest warrant, Avo is accused of “causing unjustifiable pain” and causing one death “by the act of cutting off tails and claws without proper procedure, training or license.”

According to a Gwinnett County Police incident report, Ayo was paid $150 to de-tail, de-claw and de-worm eight newborn Rottweiler puppies owned by Vanessa Speed, of Deer Oaks Drive in Lawrenceville. Ayo is listed as the proprietor of Heaven’s Gate Kennels, LLC.

Ayo reportedly arrived at the residence on Nov. 18, 2013, to perform the services in the kitchen.

Speed told police she believed the tails were cut too close to the base, causing excessive bleeding and pain for the puppies. She said the dogs appeared to be “struggling” after the procedures, according to the incident report. Speed said Ayo told her she always crops tails the same way.

One of the puppies was taken to a veterinarian, who contacted Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement to investigate. The puppy died later.

Ayo was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail without incident.

Omar Monroe March 14, 2014 at 01:49 PM
She is one of my friends on Facebook, she always post pictures of her new litters.
Joe Maifeld March 14, 2014 at 07:42 PM
you just can't fix stupid!
Just Say'n March 14, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Vanessa Speed should have been charged too. This incident is all too common with "Backyard Hobby" breeders. Most times the puppies don't go to the Vet but to the trash.
Becca March 20, 2014 at 06:21 PM
De-clawing & cropping of tails/ears on dogs & cats (any animal) is only for the pet owners vanity. All of those proceedures cause unecessary intense pain & discomfort lasting very long after anesthesia (if any even administered) has worn off. Heartbreaking. No different than human mutilation which is considered abnormal & criminal to most, inclluding the law. I don't even think any veterinarian should be allowed to do it nor any worth their salt would even want to include that in their practice. It's abusive & just sickening. Imagine having your own nails ripped out or ears or rearend sliced...these people are disgusting!
Omar Monroe March 21, 2014 at 07:13 AM
I spoke with her on Facebook, she isn't in jail, she told me that the pet owner asked her to do it as a favor, she has a kennel in Fairburn; I always thought the vet did this procedure.


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