A director of heart surgery at a top medical group has been arrested after attempting to operate on his pet dog while drunk.
Stewart Gibbs, 44, who works for the DuPage Medical Group in Chicago, Illinois had been trying to remove a cyst from his Doberman’s right ear when police were called to his apartment.
When he opened the door to officers on Sunday evening, his hands were covered in blood and he ‘appeared highly intoxicated,’ according to police.
Officers said there was also blood on the walls and floor of the condo and the Doberman had a large open wound on its right ear..
Gibbs, who is also a part-time actor, was charged with one count of felony aggravated cruelty to animals on a $75,000 bond.
The building’s landlord had been called by tenants who said their ceiling was leaking, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto.
When the landlord knocked on Gibbs’ apartment door and heard no response, he let himself in, where a naked Gibbs ran towards him, covered in blood.
The landlord then left quickly and called police.
Gibbs has no relevant veterinary or medical experience, according to reports.
Despite suffering a wound to its ear, the dog appeared in good spirits when taken by officers for treatment at a nearby animal hospital.
The Doberman has since been handed over to Animal Care and Control.
Gibbs, who is the director of cardiovascular services at DuPage, reportedly told officers that he was a cardiologist when they arrested him.
He is not, however, licensed as a physician, records suggest.