Woman operates on her dog with a kitchen knife because she couldn’t afford vet

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A woman from Iowa faces animal neglect and cruelty charges after authorities accused her of performing surgery on her dog with a kitchen knife in her living room because she was not able to afford veterinarian charges. Sarah Diane McMenamin, 26, has been charged with animal neglect causing serious injury or death to her dog.

According to the WtaeNews,  McMenamin had taken her dog to Iowa State University VetMed after the dog became very ill. Doctors told McMenamin her dog had an obstruction and needed immediate surgery, and without the operation, the dog might need to be humanely euthanized. The surgery estimate was $2,000; the woman stated she didn’t have the money. On June 1, she arranged to have her dog euthanized at a different clinic, but never showed up for the appointment. Veterinarians became worried the dog wasn’t getting the needed help and informed police asking them to do a welfare check on the dog.

When police arrived at the Arbor Street home, McMenamin told authorities that she performed surgery that morning to remove the obstruction from her dog using a paring knife and tongs. She said she did not think the dog had an obstruction, but that the dog might have consumed rat poison, and she wasn’t able to afford the vet costs. And why did McMenamin think she could operate on her dog successfully? The woman told police she grew up on a farm castrating pigs and thought she could safely perform the operation. Police reported McMenamin had caused “unjustified pain, distress or suffering” resulting in the death of her dog.

McMenamin is currently free on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. If found guilty of the charges, she faces the maximum of a year in prison.

Rest in peace poor dog. What a horrible death you must have suffered.

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20 replies
  1. Christine Brown says:

    a year would not be long enough for this scumbag if she is found guilty. It should be at least 5 years, banned from ever having a dog or any other animals for life. Would love to do the same thing to the scumbag. Karma will get her revenge on you scumbag. RIP I am so sorry that you had to suffer from this scumbag

    • SusanBiss says:

      I agree with you and she shouldn’t be allowed to EVER own any kind of animal again! I just wonder when the laws are going to get tougher for animal abusers, what is it going to take???

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Euthanizing this poor dog would have been kinder than what this monster did! I hope and pray she is never allowed another pet!

    • linda says:

      Absolutely this dog was better off being euthanized and cheaper than having her perform “an operation”. I personally think in her twisted mind she did it for curiosity. That poor dog went through major pain. I hate to think what restraints she used to keep the dog from struggling! Sick BITCH!

  3. Marsha Flynn Squibb says:

    Fckn fat ass bitch!!!!Put this asshole AWAY!!!Who does this?????Jail time for her, they’ll take care of her good!!!!

  4. Crazy Aunt Jane says:

    Cruel and stupid, you’d think no one is that stupid!!
    BUT can’t anything be done to make care available for people who can’t afford the high cost of vet care! A neighbor who was very poor treated her cat as best she could for pneumonia and a broken leg. She put it inside in a bed and hand fed it etc but the leg went unset. I’m on Social Security and simply could not afford to help pay for treatment and she’s a recovering cancer patient who has less than I do! Cat has recovered but it’s leg is crooked. Our local shelter would have simply killed it immediately. Maybe you all should look at some way to help people. And educate them on care!

  5. Cynthia Como says:

    What the fuck???????? This “person” is absolutely insane! OMG! Lock fed the hell up for she is a danger to ALL animals!! What a deptaved and sickening act! Just when I think Ive heard it all! This scum bag is an absolute psycho! I can’t let my brain go to the torture this poor dog endured! What’s even more sickening is the fact that the courts will not punish her as severely as she should be! God I hope this sicko doesn’t have children for she doesn’t have enough working brain cells to raise children or own pets! Seriously she needs to be in a jail cell for a good 10 years! She is dangerous! Fucking psycho bitch!!

  6. Bunny Peters says:

    SMH: can NOT believe this story……. what a stupid POS c..t owner…….

    There is a special place in Hell reserved for her due to her cruelty…..

    For now, lock up this stupid POS c..t owner and lose the keys…….

    RIP precious furbaby. So sorry your stupid POS c..t owner failed you so badly…… never should have been anywhere near you in the first place……

  7. Christine Brown says:

    Here in Western Australia we have bulk bills that is to say that if you had a bill from the vet over thousand pounds you would be allowed to pay it back gradually.. Not sure if IOWA has that sort of thing. If not they should do as maybe that dog could have been saved. But saying that i wonder if that BITCH would had taken the dog to the vet as in this picture all she cares about is herself and stuffing her face

  8. Bob says:

    Kudo’s to the vets that contacted the authorities. I was surprised.they did so. Don’t know if alot would have just dismissed the fact she did not show up. Unfortunately, not in time.

  9. Janie Ledergerber says:

    This pig needs to be operated on with a paring knife and tongs so that she can never reproduce. One of her is one too many. Poor little dog.

  10. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    La condamnation n’est pas cher payée, elle a causée des souffrances inutiles à cette pauvre âme innocente et elle l’a tué. Se serait moi, je lui ferais la même chose avec la même fin. Pas de pitié pour les barbares, les assassins.

  11. Red says:

    ONE FREAKING YEAR IS ALL SHE WILL GET ??? ARE YOU SERIOUS???? After the excruciating pain she put that sweet animal through because she was an idiot?
    COME ON JUDGES and COURTS…… You have got to make these monsters pay!!! MINIMUM 5 years, AND $10,000 fine AND a life time ban on ever owning or living in the same home as a pet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    One year…what a joke.


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