In Miami, Florida, two fake vets botched the neutering surgery on a 12-year-old American bulldog named Royalty. Police report the the dog’s owner, Omarnestor Delrio, made an appointment to have his dog’s procedure at the so-called clinic, which has turned out to be a fraud.
According to the Miami Herald, Sophia Gonzalez, 40, was arrested on Thursday and charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license and animal cruelty. Her boyfriend, Jose Alvarez-Marrero, 58, is currently on the run, but faces similar charges when apprehended. The couple transformed their apartment in Hialeah into a veterinary clinic, and on April 23, Delrio took Royalty for surgery. The dog’s owner had been at the fake clinic on other occasions.
During the neutering procedure, Royalty had bled too much, and shortly after surgery he became swollen at the site of his incision. A few days later the dog refused to eat or drink and was not recuperating. When brought back to the “clinic,” the dog was supposedly administered two injections of antibiotics, but to no avail. The clinic then placed Royalty on an unknown intravenous bag.
Two days later, Royalty was taken to Knowles Animal Clinic in Miami where Delrio was told that whatever procedure had been done on his dog was beyond “medical malpractice and pure animal cruelty.” Royalty died, as the result of “an unsterile surgical procedure” one week later.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Jose Alvarez-Marrero, is asked to contact the Hialeah Police Department at 305.687.2525 or call CrimeStoppers at 305.471.TIPS (8477).
(Photos of fake vets via Twitter, Hialeah Police and Miami Herald screenshots)
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