A Rhode Island man who says he couldn't afford medical care for his dog has been charged with illegally operating on the animal.
Alan MacQuattie removed a cyst from the leg of his 14-year-old Labrador mix. The dog was operated on again by professionals to deal with an infection from the first surgery.
E.J. Finocchio, a veterinarian and president of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, calls the surgery a "heinous crime."
Court records show MacQuattie pleaded no contest last week to misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine.
A phone listing for MacQuattie could not be found. But he told WPRI-TV, which first reported on the surgery, that he didn't think there was anything cruel about what he had done.