Botched procedure by fake veterinary ‘tech’ leads to puppy death

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A puppy is dead and two puppies suffered brain damage after a man, allegedly posing as a veterinary tech, performed an ear-cropping procedure on them. According to KOAT News, the “fake” veterinary tech is identified as 39-year-old Richard “Rick” Sanchez of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

What happened to the puppies?

The owner of eight Cane Corso puppies went to Sanchez to have their ears cropped. The woman, who asked not to be identified, had been told that the ears should be cropped because the heat could lead to bad infections. Upon the recommendation of breeders and friends, the woman handed over the puppies to Sanchez, believing that he was a veterinary tech.

Sanchez is accused of using horse tranquilizers for the procedure on the puppies – one puppy died and two suffered brain damage.

What was found by investigators

Count documents state that investigators who executed a search warrant at Sanchez’ home found scissors, clamps, bloody latex gloves, blood on a table in the living room, and a tool kit with medical supplies.

Arrested and charged

On Monday, Sanchez was arrested, but he has already been released on his own recognizance. He is facing multiple charges including eight counts of extreme animal cruelty, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, fraud, and three counts of animal cruelty.

Accused of posing as a veterinary tech

(Screenshots via KOAT News)

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12 replies
    • maxiemom says:

      Has it occurred to you that this person MIGHT be a legal citizen? Some Hispanics have lived in North America longer than English speaking people! That kind of racism is disgusting!

  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    This HISPANIC BASTARD is A BUTCHER!!!! All the pain and suffering the little companion dogs suffered ::: eventually leading to DEATH at less than 8 -10 weeks old!!! The owner is JUST ABOUT as guilty ::: :Not to check out the credentials of this EVIL , PUTRID, TURD!!! The AUTHORITIES BEST PUT this Moronic , Narcissistic , POS away or next he will be impersonating HIS EGOTISTICAL SELF as a SURGEON and kill off a few searching for a quick , cheap , abortion , nose job, or sterialization!!

  2. Adrienne says:

    Do the same exact procedure to this scum with his own tools and let’s see how he survives.Three healthy pups lives lost- one dead and two with brain damage. Severe punishment to this cretin.

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    The owner and whoever recommended this POS are as negligent in this as the “fake” veterinary tech! I don’t understand ear cropping in the first place and when it leads to death and brain damage, what was the advantage. It’s good to know the judicial system is taking this seriously as this moron was released on his “own recognizance”. There will be NO justice for these precious pups!

  4. Sue says:

    They shouldn’t have their ears cut off at all. And in addition to that, they should not have been bred! So much wrong in this world.

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    This hunk of maggot shit, Richard Sanchez needs a dose of his own medicine – give this fat bastard NO tranquilizer and crop his ears with a dull butter knife – and the dog owner is just as guilty for getting this ‘ear cropping’ as cheaply as possible – he didn’t care – and has eight dogs which makes him most likely a low life back yard animal breeder who only cares about the money – not the dogs. And New Mexico let this ‘vet tech’ out on his own with no bail – he killed an innocent puppy and injured others – nice going New Mexico – you lack of humanity is now well known – these dogs deserved better than to be treated like disposable objects.

  6. maxiemom says:

    Damn this POS! Ear cropping is cruel to begin with, so why not do this procedure on HIM?

    Why would someone take their pets to him without checking him out?

    And darn it, WHY do some people assume that just because his last name is ‘Sanchez’, he’s illegal and can be deported? I’m so sick and tired of seeing comments from people here that are racist, and no doubt, inspired by the orange turd in the White House and his hate filled rhetoric. Latinos have been on this continent since before Jamestown (1607), which means longer than most of you.


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