September 27, 2005

No Tail For Terriers

I expect there will be some heated discussion over this. An appalling story of a man who performed amateur plastic surgery on his dog. I’m guessing it was drunken surgery, by the sound of the state the police found him in in the morning.

Warning, this story is not for the weak-stomached.

Viera’s 10-week-old terrier mix puppy was brought to Dighton Veterinary Hospital Sept. 7 with the main nerve end and a small piece of vertebra poking out from where his tail used to be.

Yeowch. And yuck.

There’s an aesthetic for you. That “my owner came at me with a knife and now my spine is all exposed” look. I guess one person’s aesthetics is another person’s mutilation.

Posted by James at September 27, 2005 2:08 PM
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The article makes it sound as though home tail docking is unheard of outside of the Azores. It's not. :(

I briefly (maybe six months?) had a dog named Grover. Pit bull/chow/lab/?? mix puppy my neighbor had found wandering on the side of the road with his brother, whom she named Goldenrod. (She found them at the Goldenrod & Chickasaw intersection so that's what she named them. I thought Grover suited him better.) She took them to the vet for shots. Both had docked tails, and the vet said it looked like a farmhouse job. Ew!!! They were completely healed, though.

The docking was obviously done by an amateur because they were pretty long for stumps. Grover and Goldenrod still had enough tail to knock things over, especially when they were in a tail-wagging mood, which was most of the time.

Polly didn't like having a brother, though, so I had to give Grover up. Too bad. Everybody liked him a lot.

Posted by: Julie at September 28, 2005 9:58 AM

Pets are not shrubbery to be topiaried. Why is this practice condoned?

I was pleased to read this part:

"Bannister [director of the Animal Control Center in Fall River] decided to file criminal charges with the Dighton police department. She said the wound appeared to have been cut at several times."


"[Sgt.] Dutra and Sgt. Cory H. Medeiros arrested Viera around noon on Sept. 19 and charged him with cruelty to animals, meaning he could face a sentence of up to five years in prison, 2 1/2 years in the house of corrections or a fine of not more than $2,500. There is also the condition that the dog be surrendered."

Good. Boy do I wish I were the judge this ass is going to come before.

Oh, the poor man. He's not from this country, bla bla bla. Well, ignorance of the law is no excuse. I hope he gets the book thrown at him, preferably his head.

Here's an idea for his punishment: I get to take a dull hatchet to his index finger and whack at it a few times until it comes off, but only afer I rip it away from his hand and the nerves are left exposed.


Posted by: Patti M. at September 28, 2005 1:44 PM

okay, I can see where he might have had no criminal intent, but can we put him in jail for being a total imbecile?

While living in America, Viera claims he was following an old Azorean custom he has seen but never performed. However, from the description, it looks like he got drunk to do it, used no veterinary medicine procedures or equipment, and botched it several times during the procedure as well.

Pretty strange. And then his lawyer pulling out the controversial American custom of human male circumcision (mutilation to some) as an example of an excuse, doesn't really make what he did appear to have been well thought out.


Posted by: jocelyn at September 28, 2005 2:13 PM

I see where he was going with the circumcision angle, but even if you disagree with circumcision, it's still performed by professionals.

Posted by: James at September 28, 2005 2:34 PM

"No criminal intent"? It is cruelty, pure and simple. Indefensively wicked and impossibly bestial. I'm with you, Patti.
But I'd start by smacking him in the face with a shovel.
And I'm a pacifist.

Posted by: ThirdMate at September 28, 2005 5:07 PM

No, ThirdMate, smacking him in the face with a shovel may render him unconscious, and I would want him to be as awake and mindful of the pain I would cause as his dog was of the pain he caused.

I would like him to beg me to stop, as I am sure his dog begged him, and then I would continue, as he did.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 28, 2005 5:17 PM

I'm really a lovely person, I just have strict ideas on what is right and what is wrong, especially when it involves people who are cruel to animals. That sets me off and makes me crazy.

The way I view the world, people who abuse animals deserve no mercy.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 28, 2005 5:19 PM

I'm too chicken to read the article. I can't condone pointless cruelty to animals.

Posted by: Chuck S. at October 1, 2005 7:02 AM

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