AUSTIN (KXAN) — Authorities charged a woman with cruelty to a non-livestock animal after she performed a cesarean section on her dog because she couldn’t afford the vet bill, an arrest affidavit said.
Ana Berta Ayala-Morales, 44, took her 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier to an emergency animal hospital on Feb. 4 after seeing the dog was having difficulty giving birth. A doctor said a C-section was required and would cost at least $2,000, according to the warrant.
Ayala-Morales told doctors she did not have the money to pay for the surgery and they advised her to take the dog, Precious, to Animal Trustees of Austin the next morning, the document said. ATA provides lost cost veterinary care to the community.
Doctors also told Ayala-Morales to bring Precious back overnight if she had any concerns.
Instead, Ayala-Morales took it upon herself to perform the surgery using a paint utility knife-type blade, the affidavit said. After removing six puppies, Ayala-Morales sewed up the wounds with standard needle and thread, the document said. Five of the six puppies survived.
No pain medication was provided to the dog before the surgery, the warrant said.
With Precious was still in pain the next morning, Ayala-Morales took the dog to the Austin Humane Society. After learning what had happened, Precious was taken to Austin Animal Center where a veterinarian was able to correct the damage and close up the wounds.
An Austin Police detective said Precious was doing well and was currently at a Yorkshire Terrier rescue facility.
Ayala-Morales told police she had found Precious as a stray about two months prior to the incident and adopted her. She has not yet been arrested.