A Russian family has been widely criticized for subjecting an otherwise healthy dog to plastic surgery. The family reportedly decided on the act to make the dog resemble Milo, a Jack Russell terrier from Jim Carrey’s move, The Mask.
The Russian family bought their Jack Russell terrier and intended to raise it to be a show dog. Unlike Milo, however, the family’s dog didn’t have low ears. Instead, its ears were perky and upright.
“We decided to correct the ears and started looking for a surgeon,” said owner Marina Esmat. “We used glue and tape to stick the ears down at first, but nothing helped.”
Esmat and her family finally sought the help of Russian veterinary surgeons. The doctors initially tried to convince the Esmats that there was nothing wrong with their pet, but the family insisted.
“We do not believe it is an appropriate operation but they insisted,” said one doctor. “Surgery was performed, in which the cartilage was damaged, resulting in standing ears now lying flat,”
Cosmetic procedures for pets have grown in popularity since 2010. Insurance companies report that millions of dollars in claims are filed each year for surgeries that seek to “improve” how dogs and cats look. Most are for pets with disfigurations, but some are purely for aesthetics.