A South Carolina man was arrested after he admitted to cutting a tumor off of his elderly dog’s body…to avoid paying a veterinarian for performing the surgery. According to 14 News, when 59-year-old Carson Lamar Cowles learned how much a veterinarian would charge to remove a tumor from his elderly dog’s abdomen, he decided to take care of the procedure at home.
The cruel situation
Cowles’ 15-year-old dachshund was allegedly “operated” on by her owner. The man phoned various veterinary offices to find out how much it would cost to have them stitch her back up. It was a veterinarian who alerted Lexington County animal service officials about the alleged crime.
After investigators were alerted to the situation, they obtained a search warrant and found the elderly dog at Cowles’ home on the 4000 block of Fish Hatchery Road. The dog was removed from Cowles’ custody and has received treatment from an actual veterinarian. Two other dogs were also taken from Cowles’ home and are being cared for by one of his family members.
Statement from officials
Lexington County Animal Control Director Roy Mefford told the news agency:
Pet ownership is something we take seriously,” Lexington County Animal Control Director Roy Mefford said.
“There are resources that are available for pet owners struggling to afford medical care for their pets so that animals don’t suffer from not receiving treatment from licensed professionals. Animal abuse is not tolerated in this County.”
Cowles was arrested on Wednesday and taken to the Lexington County Detention Center – he is facing a felony charge for animal abuse. He could spend up to five years behind bars if he is convicted.
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