So Anthony Johnson’s “Rumble” persona of taking women’s yoga mats and throwing them, questionable rear naked choke defense, may now allegedly include animal abuse. Days before his UFC 191 bout with Jimi Manuwa on Saturday in Las Vegas, reports and an online petition have surfaced accusing Johnson of abuse of pit-bull puppies. Johnson owns and operates Rumbletime Kennels.
Rumbletime Kennels self describes itself as “Striving for perfection by creating quality dogs.”
The controversy originally found by imhungry4444 on Reddit, accuses Johnson of cropping his dog’s ears at home without the supervision of veterinarian. Cropping or trimming a dogs ear in any form is illegal in Europe but not banned in the United States. Within the pit-bull online community it seems to be a common practice but if it was done by an amateur at home and not veterinarian it would be frowned upon and deemed inhumane.
Link to the online petition is here and it reads
“Anthony Johnson owns a dog kennel where he participated in hacking ears off puppies. It appears the procedure is done in house by unqualified persons as the wounds are not bandaged.
While having a vet cut a dog’s body part for fashion is morally corrupt, it is not illegal. Mutilating dogs at home with a razor however, is.
I confronted Anthony about ths issue and he responded with:
“Didn’t know I can’t do what I wanna do with whatever I bought. Hmmmm that’s new to me!…”