From Bay News 9
TAMPA -- A Tampa woman faces felony animal cruelty charges after investigators said she cut a dog open to remove 2 of the 14 puppies, then used non-medical glue to close the incision.
Candace Patricia Hauser, 31, is now facing one felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Investigators said the dogs owner, Brenda Hines of Winter Haven, brought her pregnant Mastiff, Nadia, to Hausers house in the early morning hours on March 4.
Hauser, 31, had said she could help deliver puppies, although, investigators said, Hauser also told Hines there was a veterinarian right down the street.
Police said the Mastiff began experiencing trouble giving birth to the last two puppies, so Hauser, who does not have a veterinary license, performed a C-section on the dog without anesthesia. The dog later died on the way home.
Investigators say about 12 hours later on March 5, Hines brought the dog to Veterinary Healthcare Associates in Winter Haven telling them she believed the dog was dying.
But investigators said at that point, the veterinarian told her that Nadia was dead.
Neither Hauser nor her attorney had any comment on Tuesday after her arrest on Saturday.
Investigators and one neighbor we spoke with said Hines was breeding the dog.
"You know, that's totally unnecessary, said John Leavines. That's true."
He said if the allegations are true, hed be sick about it.
"I can't believe anybody would do that to an animal, he said. No. No. Not with all the veterinary offices around here. That's totally uncalled for."
A Polk County veterinary hospital notified the Polk County Sheriff's Office about the incident. Investigators with PCSO in turn contacted Hillsborough County Animal Safety and Enforcement. A spokesman for Hillsborough County Animal Safety and Enforcement, Ron Spiller, told us, This case is one that makes your skin crawl.
Spiller went on to say, To cut a dog open with no anesthesia. Oh my gosh. I have a 30-year law enforcement career and the circumstances in this case makes my skin crawl. Our attempts to reach the dog owner were unsuccessful. Investigators say Hauser could face an additional charge of practicing medicine without a license, though that, they said, would have to be reviewed by the State Attorneys Office.