There is a bizarre case out of Tampa where Candace Patricia Hauser is facing one charge of aggravated cruelty to animals . Brenda Hines, 31, brought her Mastiff, Nadia, to Hauser’s house to see if she could help deliver puppies. Nadia was able to delivered (with help) the first 12 puppies but had trouble on the last two. Hauser proceeded to do a canine Caesarian and cut open Nadia to deliver the final two puppies. She then used standard, non-surgical glue to close the wound. This was all done without anesthesia and Nadia died.
Hines reportedly pulled out 12 puppies by hand when the dog could not push them out and then cut open the dog open for the remaining puppies. Notably, Nadia was described to police as being in declining health.
Hines brought Nadia to an animal hospital to say that she was afraid that Nadia was dying. The veterinarian told her that she had already died.
The charges notably do not include any fraudulent claims. The question is whether the charge is based on the C-section or just the lack of anesthesia or both? The latter is clearly horrific and cruel. However, it will be interesting to see how the court defines the range of options for an owner in dealing with a breached birth.
She is facing a third-degree felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals which carried a maximum of five years behind bars and the lost right to own animals in Hillsborough County.