Feb 07 2010
I read a very disturbing article about a man who operated on his own dog. I can actually understand where the guy is coming from. When you have a pet, they become part of your family and you’d do anything you can for it to be healthy and safe.
BARRINGTON, R.I.—A Rhode Island man who says he couldn’t afford medical care for his dog has been charged with illegally operating on the animal.
Alan MacQuattie removed a cyst from the leg of his 14-year-old Labrador mix. The dog was operated on again by professionals to deal with an infection from the first surgery.
E.J. Finocchio, a veterinarian and president of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, calls the surgery a “heinous crime.”
Court records show MacQuattie pleaded no contest last week to misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine.
A phone listing for MacQuattie could not be found. But he told WPRI-TV, which first reported on the surgery, that he didn’t think there was anything cruel about what he had done.
[via Boston News]
I don’t think this is animal cruelty. It is a guy who made a poor decision out of love for his pet. I’m not condoning this crime AT ALL but calling it a “heinous crime” is a bit harsh. If this were a cow and the guy was a farmer, do you think there would be all of these complaints? It wasn’t a serious surgery, it was just a cyst. The guy was trying to help his animal. Instead of spending money on charging this guy they should have just donated money to the humane society.
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