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Calgary Man Breeding Designer Dogs Faces Lifetime Pet Ban

07/02/2015 02:25 EDT | Updated 07/02/2016 05:59 EDT
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This is a 1 year old american bully.
CALGARY - A case of designer dogs gone wrong has led to a fine and lifetime ban on pet ownership for a Calgary man.

Chun Fat (Darren) Law was charged by the Calgary Humane Society in June of last year after 13 dogs were seized under Alberta's Animal Protection Act.

Law was convicted and fined $4,000 and has a lifetime prohibition from owning or caring for animals.

The dogs were in distress for various reasons including unsanitary conditions, lack of water and medical concerns.

The dogs were being bred as American Bully types, with an emphasis on desirable physical traits that were in direct conflict with medical fitness.

Most of the dogs required extensive orthopedic and respiratory surgeries to improve their quality of life.

Brad Nichols, senior manager of animal cruelty investigations for the society, watched several of the dogs go through surgery and rehabilitation.

"These dogs, despite their deformities and limited ability to breath, were exceptionally social and resilient," Nichols, said Thursday.

"While designer dogs may be cute, they may be suffering medically as a result."

Known as "hybrid" or "designer" dogs, these canines are bred with a purpose — to optimize the best qualities of each parent.

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