A man in Florida has been arrested after allegedly using a handmade tool to remove pork bones from his dog’s intestines.
Anthony Avella, 58, used a handmade tool similar to a coat hanger to remove the bones from his dachshund’s intestinal track, reported WFLA.
Avella failed in his attempts so he then took the dog to a veterinarian.
The vet noticed the dog was under extreme stress, so she recommended Avella take the dog instead to an advanced facility.
But when officers from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and animal control showed up at Avella’s Beverly Hills home, they found that the dog still had not been treated, the sheriff’s office stated in a release posted to Facebook.
Animal control officers took the dog to get treated and he’s receiving “around the clock advanced medical care,” the sheriff’s office stated.
The dog is expected to recover from his injuries.
Avella was arrested and charged with two felony counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license and causing cruel death, pain, and suffering to an animal.
He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.