Man Operated On His Own Dog Because Vet Too Expensive

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A man who claimed he could not afford medical care for his dog has been charged with illegally operating on the pet. Alan MacQuattie, from Barrington, in the north-eastern state of Rhode Island, removed a cyst from the leg of his 14-year-old yellow labrador-mix .But professional veterinarians had to operate again after an infection developed following the first surgery.

E.J. Finocchio, a veterinarian and president of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, called the surgery a “heinous crime”.Court records show that Mr MacQuattie pleaded no contest last week to misdemeanour charges of animal cruelty and unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine.But he told television station WPRI, which first reported on the surgery, that he did not think there was anything cruel about what he had done.

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Hundreds Of Dead Animals Found In Philadelphia Home

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Up to 500 dead animals were found in a Philadelphia home after what appears to have been a ritual religious sacrifice, police say.Investigators found the remains of cats, deers, turtles and other animals strewn throughout the Feltonville house and buried in the back, The Philadelphia Daily News reports.”There’s all kinds of stuff in there. Dead animals, dead critters, wax, feces, candles. It’s a nightmare,” Officer Jerry Czech of the Pennsylvania Game Commission told the newspaper.

According to George Bengal, director of law enforcement at the Pennsylvania chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the remains may include the carcasses of two monkeys, one of which was found on an altar.”We have uncovered some wildlife remains inside of the property,” he said, adding that remains of cobras, leopards and beavers also appear to have been found. “We’re still digging.”
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