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Man performed surgery on his own dog

The Local/dl · 8 Feb 2012, 08:45

Published: 08 Feb 2012 08:45 GMT+01:00

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Police and animal protection officials arrived at an address in Gävle after receiving a report about a dog who was bleeding profusely, the local Arbetarbladet newspaper reported.

“The owner has obviously tried to remove some sort of shallow, tumour-like growth,” county veterinarian Lars Bondeson told the paper.

According to Bondesson, the wound hadn't been properly sutured.

The dog was placed in the care of county veterinarians while authorities attempted to get in touch with the owner, who is expected to be charged with animal cruelty.

“I've never heard of an pet owner who performed surgery on a dog by themselves before, but lots of strange things can happen,” said Bondeson.

After the dog's wounds were documented and its condition assessed, veterinarians ultimately decided to put down the animal on Tuesday afternoon.

The wound had been infected and would have required several operations to remedy.

“From an animal protection standpoint, it was the best we could do in this situation,” said Bondeson.

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“It's upsetting that people can do such things and just start cutting their animals. I've seen a lot, but never anything like this.”

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09:37 February 8, 2012 by StockholmSam
Certainly, dog ownership demands responsibilities from owners and I find this a sad situation, but I am not convinced it is animal cruelty. Based on the article, it sounds as though the owner was trying to remove a tumor, so his intent was not to harm the dog but to help it. Yes, he should have taken it to the vet, but any dog owner will tell you that veterinarians charge outrageous prices for operating on animals. I am guessing this owner considered using a vet but probably could not afford it.
09:59 February 8, 2012 by rob582
This is no excuse at all. If someone does not have the financial means (IE insurance) to look after their dog/cat then they should not be allowed to have one. They are notoriously expensive to look after, especially when sick. Our dog had a tumor removed from her stomach at the end of last year and it cost around 7000 SEK. With insurance we only paid 1500 SEK ourselves. Its a bit like owning a car and not being able to afford insurance. If something does happen it will cost you dearly.
10:47 February 8, 2012 by DAVID T
I'm not condoning what this man did - he deserves a good kicking however the insurance in this country is a complete rip off - I have to pay nearly 5000 sek a year for my bulldog who has excellent pedigree and has never been sick in 5 years - when I question the amount I'm told it's because of bad breeders and owners so instead of penalising them they penalise everyone. On top of this your average vet way over charges as the insurance will pay.
11:27 February 8, 2012 by strixy
"I've never heard of an pet owner who performed surgery on a dog by themselves before, but lots of strange things can happen," said Bondeson.

Eh? They're spitting and you're pretending it's raining?

This guy obviously wanted to save some cash and the life of his dog mattered little to him. He should be banned for life from owning any kind of a being, even a hamster.

The treatment of animals in Scandinavia is appalling and everyone pretends they don't know what's going on behind the closed door. Typical.
12:41 February 8, 2012 by gabeltoon
This is what happens in horror movies . The dog owner was he on drugs ???? It seems to me that SWEDEN needs to be a lot tougher when charging creeps like this.It saddens me to think of the pain this poor dog went through.
15:13 February 8, 2012 by sweddut
He could have gone to Norway and pay 1-4 of the price one would normally pay in Sweden. He could get an insurance for the dog 150kr/month, if he cannot afford that, then he should not have a dog. The laws towards this short of thing in Sweden is too relaxed, (what is the law on punishment for crimes in Sweden - not much)
21:53 February 8, 2012 by Da Goat
You all missed the point !

who is worse the DIY man or the fat cat Authorities?

I am guessing the man could not afford proper veterinary care so did it himself, worse still the vets could not afford it either so put dog down!

they took evidence against the poor guy then destroyed it ,did something worse themselves (yeah I know they probably did the right thing) it just smacks of double standards and stupidity! they should have just put the dog down and be done with it as I am guessing the owner is upset enough already, why does everyone get their knickers in a knot?

I guess the owner had good intentions but the project was more than he bargained for and he was not prepared for that (bleeding got out of hand) and he panicked, all professions have their hackers and triers (amateurs) not sure if (complex) animal surgery is a good one to pick on . Simple surgery is mandated remember last week the horse with the long feet was the opposite problem. (un-funnily enough last night I see a case of the same thing in Australia on the RSPCA show)
22:20 February 8, 2012 by Redbee
Has Sweden no equivalent to the British PDSA which is for people who cannot afford veterinary care ,if not this is something Sweden lacks .
05:00 February 9, 2012 by strixy
@Da Goat

Obviously, you know little about dogs.

Cutting into flesh without anesthetics will cause so much spasms and pain that the animal will howl so terribly, only a psychopath can carry on. It would require the animal to be tied by its legs and with a tight knot around its muzzle. Such treatment does not show love but lack of empathy.

Also, the skin gets extremely tight because of pain related stress and cutting through it causes more pain (tight skin is something that prevents bite wounds to some extend, so forcibly cutting through it causes more damage)

If you cannot afford a surgery and there is no insurance in place, contact an animal welfare organisation or collect money in a tin in front of a supermarket. Or ask the vet for a payment plan. Or ask friends/family. Or go to your bank.
09:06 February 9, 2012 by Da Goat
I was not talking on that subject as it is not clear if he used any pain relief or not that is not stated it only says it was botched!

It was botched both by the amateur surgeon and the people with the resources to fix the problem is what I was saying.!

yeah it does sound like he did not use pain relief, if that explains the bad (hurried) suturing, and in that case i do feel sorry for the unfortunate pet, the motives are not recorded here as it seems the person in question is not available yet for comment!

maybe he did use some (form of) anesthetic and it wore off too quickly this we don't know!

when it says it was not sutured properly it could mean he did a too neat a job (he tried to use human stitching methods where vets normally use a rougher/tighter version for animals, and the dog pulled/licked the sutures out) or it could mean he made a dogs breakfast of it .

in short like most TL articles there is not enough info to make an informed opinion on, I always love the way people go off half cocked with a half story, that is what I like most about the comments
14:45 February 9, 2012 by strixy
How can you say it was botched by the vet? Have you seen this dog? According to the article he bleeding was massive, the dog might have lost too much blood to be saved, for example if the 'owner' (forlack of a better word that would not be censored) cut through a vein. He probably used a kitchen knife and the sharpest of them is not 20% as sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, threfore causing more pain and bleeding!

There is no anaesthetic that would be available to this man and would not harm the dog, so he probably did not use any. If he didn't have cash for a surgeon, do you think he would have cash to buy anaesthetics on a black market? This is MUCH more expensive than a surgery performed by a vet!

You behave like most people who face a psychopathic behaviour - you try to 'understand' and justify because you are plains cared that people with no conscience exist.
07:43 February 10, 2012 by Da Goat
Strixy you are on a different page to me still! I do agree with what you say.

I was making the point there is insufficient information (as per usual on TL) the details are sketchy at best!

initially I was saying that nether the "owner" (it maybe even a stray dog) L plate surgeon could afford to fix the poor dog nor could the proper people when they got it ! The "guy" (assume it is male) made a mess of it and the proper people did not really help either they saw that it was badly infected (nothing about profuse bleeding as that would have fixed the infection bit) and not pretty and KILLED the dog.

from this one can assume that the initial surgery maybe went reasonably OK except the "owner" did not have enough clues to do a proper job (again I feel for the poor hound) and it has gone bad one way or another, either he did not do a good job or the dog chewed the wound (did s/he forget the bucket on the neck?) Because bad infection is definitely mentioned it means that some time had passed without the dog bleeding too much !

because the story is incomplete there is no way to tell if the surgery was a complete success or a total failure, all we know for sure is it had a tragic and strange ending! I.E did they do a good job and the dog was sore and ruined it or did they make a mess of it from the word go.

yes I do agree it was not the smartest thing to do ......however I have seen worse things and sometimes its just a case of s***t happens.

example: 2 weeks back one of my cows had (or didn't) a huge calf which was so big >50kg that she crushed/killed it on the way out (too tight) and it crippled her and caused a prolapse. The vet and I saved the cows life and we did what we could but yesterday sadly I had the sad task of destroying and dumping her because she simply was not getting any better (she was healthy and strong but still paralyzed had pressure sores and was after the rain sitting in a smelly mud puddle, broke my heart but I had to do the right thing) :(

And after so much hard work feeding and caring for her for two weeks without results .
00:03 February 11, 2012 by strixy
I am sorry for the cow but in your case it's just something that has happened regardless, not a stuaton where you willfully open the cow's stomach and it dies of blood loss.
06:37 February 19, 2012 by johnoleson
Obviously most of you are far removed from farm life. On a farm you do what you have to do in a reasonable manner (reason defined by you) and do the best you can to the point of putting down the animal if necessary. In a world of specialists, it has become a crime to make a judgement call if the call goes bad.
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