TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Police arrested a woman after she performed a cesarean section on a dog and used glue to close the incision.
Candace Patricia Hauser is facing one charge of aggravated cruelty to animals after removing two of the 14 puppies from the dog she cut open and then closing the incision with non-medical glue, the Brandenton Herald reported.
The pregnant Mastiff, Nadia, was brought to Hauser’s home on March 4 by the owner Brenda Hines. Hauser told the woman she could help deliver puppies, investigators said.
The Mastiff began having trouble giving birth to the last two puppies, so the 31-year-old woman performed a C-section on the dog without anesthesia.
Hauser does not have a veterinarian license.
Roughly 12 hours after the C-section, Hines took her dog to Veterinary Healthcare Associates saying she believed that the dog was dying, but the veterinarian told her that the Mastiff was already dead.
Investigators and a neighbor explained that Hines was breeding the dog, the Brandenton Herald reported.
“I can’t believe anybody would do that to an animal,” John Leavines said. “No. No. Not with all the veterinary offices around here. That’s totally uncalled for.”
A spokesman for Hillsborough County Animal Safety and Enforcement commented on the horrific story.
“To cut a dog open with no anesthesia,” Ron Spiller, a spokesman for Hillsborough County Animal Safety and Enforcement said. “Oh my gosh. I have a 30-year law enforcement career and the circumstances in this case makes my skin crawl.”
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