Florida Man Charged After Killing Dog in “Improvised Surgery” Using Super Glue and Dental Floss

William Jones has been arrested in Florida after he killed a dog in a horrific “improvised surgery.” Zoe, a two-year-old hound/retriever mix, died on a kitchen table that Jones turned into a surgery table at his house.

Jones was given the dog by Danielle Vecchio after she was not allowed to keep the dog at her new home. Jones is the father of a friend of Vecchio.

Zoe had been with Jones for about a year when she escaped through a hole in a fence and cut herself on a nail. Jones “treated” the 4-inch wound with Super Glue. Two days later Zoe opened the wound again by going through the hole in the fence (it appears that closing the hole was not a logical option).

Jones then decided to turn vet and ordered his daughter to hold the dog down as he sewed up the wound with dental floss and a needle. As Zoe yelped in pain, Jones decided to tie a teeshirt around her nose and mouth and pour Chloroform over it. Zoe then stopped breathing.

He called Vecchio to pick up the dead dog and advised her to pour lye on the dog so that it would decay faster.

Jones said that Zoe had knocked over the bottle of chloroform and drank it (who has chloroform around the house? Even with four kids under 12, I have never seen the need for Chloroform handy as a household item). The roommate, Ayse Jone, later told her the truth.

Jones could face 20 years if convicted on the felony charges. He better hope his cellmate is cat lover.

Here is the sheriff’s account.

For the story, click here and here.

26 thoughts on “Florida Man Charged After Killing Dog in “Improvised Surgery” Using Super Glue and Dental Floss”

  1. Gentlem, i know the roomate. It was said in the police report that he was going to use the scissors to kill the dog.:(
    This is my last post on this matter.

  2. I hope Robert is just being sarcastic.
    Last time I checked, most people have scissors in there home.

    There is no claim that a misuse of scissors was involved. I suspect that scissors would be used to cut the floss.

  3. TeknikAL,
    Thank you replying, but you don’t live in Florida. You don’t know how deep or long the wound was. He also had a pair of scissors to kill the dog. I really don’t care what Crazy Glue was invented for because you could be in error also, Besides the god was in Florida, not Nwew York, or vietnam. I respect you views but I personally feel they don’t apply.
    I have no clue about the health situation ever caaled for a do-it-yourself job. NOT.

  4. Maybe I’m mistaken, but I don’t believe in NY where I live there is a requirement for a vet for every pet injury. As a matter of fact, the current health care situation is demanding a do-it-yourself approach as a solution to human health needs. I’ve stiched my own gashes without a hospital.
    The only problem I see here is the dog died from chloroform which I believe is a controlled substence.

    Re: superglue:
    Cornell University developed it in the 1960’s specifically as a field dressing to wounds in Vietnam. They still own the patent and it states that use.

  5. Not only did he use super glue, dental floss and a needle, but he had a pair of scissors to kill the dog. That is very sick. What bif someone sewed him up with dental floss and a needle without anastesia? I do believe he is a very sick man and should be incarserated for a very long time. 30 yrs wouldnt be long enough.

  6. DERMABOND (the medical version of super glue)

    OB/GYN surgeries, such as C-sections where excellent cosmetic outocomes are desired1, as well as the ability for new mothers to shower immediately and move about without the discomfort of staples or sutures.

    General surgeries, such as many abdominal surgeries, back surgeries, and routine surgeries of the face, neck, arms, and legs.

    Cardiovascular surgeries, that may involve incisions in the arm or leg as well as the chest.

    Cosmetic surgery, particularly facial incisions, on areas such as the eyelid and the nose where suture removal can be painful. No stitches means no “suture marks”.

    Sports surgery, involving lacerations that may need immediate attention, to help players to return to the game.

  7. Re: superglue:

    Yes, and it works wonders on “paper cuts” and the like. (But this isn’t a professional recommendation on my part, just a personal tip. :-))

    I don’t disagree that this guy was trying to help the dog, but there’s something here that doesn’t add up, IMO. I’d just like to know why he had the chloroform.

  8. I will add that superglue is actually used in real professional surgeries on human beings.

    The after-the-fact effort to cover up his botched surgery is probably his worst (if only) crime.

  9. What appears horrific at first blush, may not be so.

    I tend to agree with Duh; the man tried to help the dog with surgery, disinfected the wound, tried to anesthetize the dog so it wouldn’t be in pain during the surgery, and generally did what he thought was right to help the dog.

    The fact that he was a dumfuk, who probably learned anything about surgery from TV shows is irrelevant to the question of guilty knowledge. It was his intent that counts most here; it wasn’t to make the dog suffer or inflict injury or pain, but the help the dog heal.

  10. Duh,
    Are you kidding me? Who has Chloroform in the house? Even without small children the need for Chloroform is suspect. If this guy would do this on a dog, I would hate to think what he would do if one of the kids cut themselves on that nail. If he truly wanted to help he would have fixed the fence after the first injury. He needs a long jail sentence and his kids need to be kept away from this felon.

  11. lottokatz,

    I think the chloroform lends support to an intent to help, not harm. It is also indicative of someone who might have had some knowledge.

    I’d like to know a little more abut the guys history, but I just don’t see extraordinary actions to close a wound as something we should be putting someone in jail for.

    I don’t know why the Professor hasn’t brought this up for discussion. It is about as bizarre as they come.

  12. Duh, I could tell a story about using heroic and grotesque measure to save an animal in the absence of money for a vet and no social support available for the same. It does happen and may well have been a last ditch effort to do so. I would actually hold off on judgement on what that most obvious aspect of the case is until I knew more.

    It’s that bottle of cloroform that gave me goosbumps. You just don’t run into that under most sinks 🙂 Creepy.

  13. Chloroform, oh the possibilities. But I have had cases where __________________________ and was used and lime to help aid in the process of decaying……

    I just can’t think of what would be the better punishment for the chap. Death or to Neutered without Antiseptic.

  14. No question about it, people who intentionally inflict pain upon an animal deserve to be sent to prison, or worse.

    From what I read here, the intent was to help the animal. I’m betting that this guy was not rich, and I’m also betting that he thought he could perform the procedure.

    I think the dog owner would prevail in a civil case, but I think we should be putting cruel people in jail, not those that had good intentions, but overestimated their abilities.

  15. From article: “(who has chloroform around the house? Even with four kids under 12, I have never seen the need for Chloroform handy as a household item). ”

    That Professor, is the $64,000 question. If I was the arresting officer I’d have made a call to Children’s Service my first call after finding out this creepy guy had a bottle of chloroform.

    The ONLY way I’d not have looked farther into the situation is POSSIBLY if this perps home was co-located with his farm and if he had livestock. Farm animal husbandry can require some medical treatment of animals. I knew people that treated their livestock for various injuries. They would call the vet to come out if the injury was serious though.

    This story is just creepy on a couple of levels.

  16. I’m opposed to the death penalty, but I’d be willing to make an exception in this case.

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