A Tampa woman is being charged with felony animal cruelty for killing another person’s dog. She reportedly tried to deliver a litter of puppies by cutting into the dog's belly with no anesthesia and then sealing up the slit with household glue.
31-year-old Candace Patricia Hauser tried to perform an emergency C-section on a pregnant mastiff in her home, according to the Tampa Bay News. Hauser had told the dog’s owner that she was qualified to provide emergency veterinary care, though authorities found that she has no license. She also apparently told the owner that there was a veterinary office down the street.
When the dog, Nadia, struggled to deliver the last two puppies in the 11-puppy litter, Hauser cut a slit in its stomach without administering anesthesia. She then used non-medical glue to close the incision.
That mastiff died in its owner’s car on the way to the vet, according to an arrest affidavit. Nadia’s owner told the Polk County vet that she thought the dog was dying, but the vet told her that it was already dead.
The vet’s office informed police about the incident, leading to the investigation. Hauser was arrested and booked at Hillsborough County Jail Saturday on charges of aggravated animal cruelty, a felony.
Ron Spiller, a spokesman for Hillsborough County Animal Safety and Enforcement, told Bay News 9 that he hadn’t seen such a case in 30 years of law enforcement.
“This case is one that makes your skin crawl,” he said.
What’s more, Hauser seems to believe that nothing went wrong.
She told a Tampa Bay News reporter that the dog and its puppies are still alive and healthy, and that the dog had delivered the first nine puppies in her home and the last two by C-section at the vet’s office.