Candace Hauser, faces felony animal cruelty charges after allegedly performing a botched “C-section” on another person’s pregnant Mastiff, Nadia.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Hauser , who does not have a veterinary license, told the dog’s owner, Brenda Hines of Winter Haven, that she could assist in the delivery of the puppies and provide emergency medical help if needed. According to a police report, Hauser also told the owner that a vet’s office was down the street.
Police say that the Mastiff successfully delivered 12 puppies but experienced trouble birthing the last two. Hauser, performed a C-section on the dog without anesthesia and then attempted to seal the incision with household glue.
Police said that the dog passed away during the car ride back to its owner’s home. 12 hours after the incident Nadia’s owner brought her to Veterinary Healthcare Associates in Winter Haven saying the dog was dying. It was determined by the veterinarians that Nadia had already passed away.
Hauser was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals and faces a maximum of five years in prison and the loss of rights to own animals in Hillsborough County.