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California Dog Fighting For His Life After Owner Amputates Leg – To Avoid Vet Fees

A California couple have been charged with animal cruelty after carrying out a DIY amputation on their pet dog after he was hit by a car.

Alberto Castaneda, 51, and Maria Banuelos, 59, were arrested after animal control officers found their one-year-old black Lab mix in terrible condition.

The dog had part of his left hind leg cut off as Castaneda is believed to have tried to avoid having to pay expensive veterinarian fees.

The dog had not been treated with any drugs and is not thought to have been given any anesthetic during the cruel operation.

Vets were able to save the dog, who’s named Onyx, but had to amputate most of his leg due to the earlier botched DIY operation.

Matthew Mass, the manager of Kern County California Animal Control, said: “No animal, no person, and no living creature deserves to be abused in the manner that this animal was abused.”

Officials said the animal had been hit by a car with such force that he suffered a double fracture of the pelvis and a dislocated hip.

His rear left leg was also badly damaged but he had not taken for any treatment by a veterinarian.

Castaneda allegedly carried out the operation himself in his Bakersfield, California, home.

“This person did not have the proper equipment and drugs to treat this animal,” said Dr. Cynthia Martinez.

Onyx is now in stable, but critical condition at a local vet hospital.

Dr Martinez added: “Just imagine a 70 pound dog getting hit with the force to be able to break both sides of his pelvis that’s very painful and not getting the care, just horrendous to think about the pain.”

The Friends of the Kern Animal Shelters Foundation is raising money for the dog.

They hope to send the animal to Los Angeles for surgery, which will cost at least $8,000.

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files

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givintolovin
givintolovin
9 years ago

No more animal’s for life , And a huge fine to help pay for the poor pup’s operation AND jail time ! And that is still not good enough…ps. I shouldn’t say this but I am so DISCUSTED I hope some time they get the same treatment, And see how it feel’s..

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

The county should go ahead and raise all the money they can to support this little inoffensive dog. If the surgery, meds, hospitalization, etc, cost over $15,000, then Alberto Castaneda and Maria Banuelos should paid from their own pocket, how, if they are in jail? Have the county go to court, present the evidence, win the case and have the judge give complete power to collect any money from Alberto Castaneda and Maria Banuelos until the full amount is paid, whether is retirement, bonus from work, anything.

Alberto Castaneda and Maria Banuelos they are just PIGS. I wish you were enclosed in a cell where people can PISS, SPIT and SH*T on you both. I have no sympathy for the two of you. YOU MAKE ME SICK.

Brickie1971
Brickie1971
9 years ago

Yes! They should get the same treatment & jail for the rest of their lives without any chance of parole. Just leave them to suffer!

Akiko Nishimae
9 years ago

This is intolerable. It’s just beyond my words.

Divinevictory4all
Divinevictory4all
9 years ago

SELFISH, INCONSIDERATE, LOW LIFE, DISGUSTING ASSHOLES…….YOU DESERVE TO ROT ON EARTH BEFORE YOU ROT IN HELL…….BASTARDS!!!!   WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU?   SHOULD BE ADMITTING YOURSELF IN A PSYCH WARD.

Pamela Hannan
9 years ago

scum sucking pieces of shit should get there leg chopped of and then thrown in jail to rot

Pamela Hannan
9 years ago

scum sucking pieces of shit should get there leg chopped of and then thrown in jail to rot

Fouronthefloor_1
Fouronthefloor_1
9 years ago

Makes me physically ill any time I hear about abuse like this.  I’m so angry about it.  If I had the money, I’d pay the vet bill and make the idiots pay me back, and they’d never see their dog again.  Poor baby, I feel so sad that he had to go through this, with these two cruel owners.  He doesn’t deserve this.

Fouronthefloor_1
Fouronthefloor_1
9 years ago

Makes me physically ill any time I hear about abuse like this.  I’m so angry about it.  If I had the money, I’d pay the vet bill and make the idiots pay me back, and they’d never see their dog again.  Poor baby, I feel so sad that he had to go through this, with these two cruel owners.  He doesn’t deserve this.

Lisa
Lisa
9 years ago

Just wondering… If they are found guilty, how much jail time is involved? And is there a way to stop them from ever having an animal again? WTF is wrong with people???!!!!

Venison Jerky
9 years ago

I don’t believe this, My god…How could they do that, better they could have killed it.

Long Beach Night Life
9 years ago

My god… was trying hard to read the full story, How uncivilized they are, unbelievable.

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