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(02-05) 15:08 PST Barrington, R.I. (AP) --

A Rhode Island man who says he couldn't afford veterinary care for his dog has been charged with illegally operating on the pet.


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Alan MacQuattie recently 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.

MacQuattie, 63, who says he is disabled and living on Social Security, said Friday he used local anesthetic to operate on the cyst and removed it on his own since he doesn't have money for a veterinarian.

"In the economy as it is right now, especially in Rhode Island, who in the hell is going to give you a little extra helping hand?" he said.

E.J. Finocchio, a veterinarian and president of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, called the surgery a "heinous crime."


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  -RI man charged with operating on his own dog Liberal_in_LA  Feb-05-10 06:36 PM   #0 
  - Not condoning this, but who knew it was illegal to operate on your pet?  leftstreet   Feb-05-10 06:38 PM   #1 
  - ME? Ever hear of a veterinary license?  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 06:50 PM   #5 
  - How about if I remove porcupine quills from a dog's nose?  leftstreet   Feb-05-10 06:51 PM   #6 
  - did you use a scalpel to cut him open? if not then it is first aid  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 06:56 PM   #11 
  - Pliers  leftstreet   Feb-05-10 06:59 PM   #15 
  - Then you should have gone to the vet. If your medical incompetence and cheapness  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 07:03 PM   #19 
  - 'cheapness' so this is a Class issue?  leftstreet   Feb-05-10 07:14 PM   #36 
  - oh brother...  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 07:18 PM   #38 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:38 PM   #76 
  - Wuhan, China  kj8750   Sep-24-10 03:15 PM   #87 
  - Yes, if you are too "cheap" to take your pet to the vet, it should be a crime  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 07:24 PM   #42 
  - Got it  leftstreet   Feb-05-10 07:29 PM   #46 
  - Yup  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 07:40 PM   #53 
  - Bogota  kj8750   Sep-24-10 04:18 PM   #90 
  - riyadh  kj8750   Sep-24-10 04:13 PM   #89 
  - Where does that obligation begin? If you use a needle to take a splinter out of your child's finger  farmout rightarm   Feb-05-10 07:31 PM   #47 
  - The post you are replying to was sarcastic  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 07:38 PM   #52 
  - canterbury  kj8750   Sep-24-10 04:19 PM   #91 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:38 PM   #77 
  - kolkata  kj8750   Sep-24-10 03:45 PM   #88 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:37 PM   #75 
  - Vancouver Island  kj8750   Sep-24-10 03:13 PM   #86 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:37 PM   #74 
  - north dakota  kj8750   Sep-24-10 02:52 PM   #85 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:36 PM   #73 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:34 PM   #72 
  - jaipur  kj8750   Sep-08-10 12:41 AM   #84 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:34 PM   #71 
  - buenos aires  kj8750   Sep-06-10 09:57 PM   #83 
  - But aren't pets considered property?  Shell Beau   Feb-05-10 06:53 PM   #7 
  - So are aircraft but the pesky gov't insists you have a license to work on them too.  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 06:57 PM   #12 
  - But not cars? See that is messed up because both could  Shell Beau   Feb-05-10 06:59 PM   #16 
  - There ought to be a license for cars too..as it is most are certified through  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 07:04 PM   #21 
  - Pesky government...is the right description there. Actually, I have had an A&P license for  farmout rightarm   Feb-05-10 07:08 PM   #26 
  - Yeah, I'm a pilot and an aerospace engineer but a lot of plane owners are just rich idiots.  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 07:10 PM   #32 
     - Small world...l am also an engineer (from back when it was "aeronautical") and ATP rated pilot  farmout rightarm   Feb-05-10 07:21 PM   #40 
     - "I still have more trust in myself than others.That seems to not be a popular Democratic position.."  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 07:26 PM   #43 
        - I meant it totally within the context of this particular thread..sorry I didn't make that clear.  farmout rightarm   Feb-05-10 07:36 PM   #48 
           - Seems that is one poster.  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 07:38 PM   #51 
              - Hi, I know what you mean...well so far the winter is pretty normal, more snow on the way  farmout rightarm   Feb-05-10 07:43 PM   #55 
     - My father-in-law builds his own planes.  Shell Beau   Feb-05-10 07:24 PM   #41 
     - ah, no wonder you have no clue what it is like to be poor n/t  freeplessinseattle   Feb-06-10 03:11 PM   #62 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:43 PM   #79 
  - hardly justifies such heinous acts  zx_3500   Apr-02-10 03:22 AM   #64 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:39 PM   #78 
  - Derbyshire  kj8750   Sep-24-10 04:52 PM   #92 
  - I can't take out a splinter, need to have a doctor do it? Can't clean my own teeth?  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 06:58 PM   #14 
  - Splinter - it depends. Clean your teeth? How? other than brushing you really don't have the  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 07:05 PM   #23 
  - You assume too much. I do have the equipment. Yes, you can buy those dental picks  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 07:08 PM   #27 
  - Umm good luck with that..  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 07:11 PM   #34 
  - Thank you. Point is that it isn't illegal. That is the point which you seem  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 07:13 PM   #35 
  - Operating on your dog is ILLEGAL. At least here in FL.  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 07:17 PM   #37 
  - Article is RI and "You can't practice veterinary medicine without a license any more than ..."  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 07:19 PM   #39 
  - hereford  kj8750   Sep-25-10 01:32 PM   #100 
  - So is adoption by gay people.  farmout rightarm   Feb-05-10 07:37 PM   #49 
  - Exeter  kj8750   Sep-25-10 03:25 PM   #101 
  - Exeter  kj8750   Sep-25-10 03:27 PM   #102 
  - birmingham  kj8750   Sep-25-10 12:07 AM   #99 
  - bradford  kj8750   Sep-24-10 11:36 PM   #98 
  - lincoln  kj8750   Sep-24-10 10:16 PM   #97 
  - Kingston upon Hull  kj8750   Sep-24-10 09:06 PM   #96 
  - How does it "depend"? Can I use a needle and tweezers? those are medical  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 07:10 PM   #31 
  - Gloucester  kj8750   Sep-25-10 09:31 PM   #103 
  - coventry  kj8750   Sep-24-10 05:56 PM   #94 
  - Lancaster  kj8750   Sep-24-10 08:58 PM   #95 
  - Carlisle  kj8750   Sep-24-10 04:55 PM   #93 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:32 PM   #70 
  - nairobi  kj8750   Sep-06-10 09:14 PM   #82 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:31 PM   #69 
  - adelaide  kj8750   Sep-06-10 09:13 PM   #81 
  - It's why I believe when we get a single payer system,  tmyers09   Feb-05-10 06:46 PM   #2 
  - Vetinary prices are madness.  Forkboy   Feb-05-10 06:48 PM   #3 
  - They will euthanize pretty darned cheaply..for a cat it's about 20 bucks.  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 06:55 PM   #9 
  - Not around here.  Forkboy   Feb-05-10 07:05 PM   #22 
  - WOW.. I had a momma cat leave three of her kittens under the hood of my car  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 07:07 PM   #25 
  - Armagh  kj8750   Sep-28-10 11:37 PM   #106 
  - My aunt got her dog cremated for $25.  Shell Beau   Feb-05-10 07:11 PM   #33 
     - worchester  kj8750   Sep-29-10 11:48 AM   #107 
  - oxford  kj8750   Sep-27-10 10:46 PM   #105 
  - That they are. TAking my dogs to the vet for their shots ends up  Shell Beau   Feb-05-10 06:55 PM   #10 
  - still a lot cheaper than people medicine.  ddeclue   Feb-05-10 06:57 PM   #13 
  - ok. And where did that come from? Were we discussing that?  Shell Beau   Feb-05-10 07:01 PM   #18 
  - Aberdeen  kj8750   Sep-29-10 06:20 PM   #111 
  - so? What does that have to do with the topic at hand?  uppityperson   Feb-05-10 07:09 PM   #28 
  - inverness  kj8750   Sep-29-10 07:34 PM   #112 
  - sunderland  kj8750   Sep-29-10 06:09 PM   #110 
  - truro  kj8750   Sep-29-10 03:35 PM   #108 
  - truro  kj8750   Sep-29-10 03:35 PM   #109 
  - Years ago our Golden Retriever developed throat cancer...I took him to the vet  farmout rightarm   Feb-05-10 07:03 PM   #20 
  - You cut out his cancerous cyst with scissors?  Shell Beau   Feb-05-10 08:08 PM   #56 
  - plymouth  kj8750   Sep-30-10 02:23 AM   #114 
  - preston  kj8750   Sep-30-10 02:23 AM   #113 
  - $49 for the office visit  MerryBlooms   Feb-05-10 07:37 PM   #50 
  - That's about what it was for my father when he took his cats.  Forkboy   Feb-05-10 08:52 PM   #58 
  - lichfield  kj8750   Sep-30-10 02:24 AM   #115 
  - So true  zx_3500   Apr-02-10 03:22 AM   #65 
  - Chichester  kj8750   Sep-27-10 08:41 PM   #104 
  - My big sister did the same thing.  Manifestor_of_Light   Feb-05-10 06:50 PM   #4 
  - norwich  kj8750   Sep-30-10 02:26 AM   #116 
  - Good grief  farmout rightarm   Feb-05-10 06:54 PM   #8 
  - portsmouth  kj8750   Sep-30-10 02:30 AM   #117 
  - Ever since the vets decided that they too, like the dentists, would rather become a  Greyhound   Feb-05-10 07:01 PM   #17 
  - not my vet.  a la izquierda   Feb-05-10 07:09 PM   #29 
  - My vet also. He works with all of his "baby's" parents on costs.  Shell Beau   Feb-05-10 07:26 PM   #44 
  - Otago  kj8750   Sep-30-10 03:13 AM   #120 
  - chichester  kj8750   Sep-30-10 02:48 AM   #119 
  - Sadly, you are exactly right...in MANY cases. My niece recently got her vet license  farmout rightarm   Feb-05-10 07:10 PM   #30 
  - madrid  kj8750   Sep-30-10 03:24 AM   #121 
  - Bristol  kj8750   Sep-30-10 02:45 AM   #118 
  - I know some human surgeons do this.  undeterred   Feb-05-10 07:06 PM   #24 
  - derbyshire  kj8750   Sep-30-10 03:37 AM   #122 
  - He shouldn't have been charged. (nt)  w4rma   Feb-05-10 07:27 PM   #45 
  - andover  kj8750   Sep-30-10 03:38 AM   #123 
  - My granddad used to do all the care for his dogs himself  madville   Feb-05-10 07:40 PM   #54 
  - alliston  kj8750   Sep-30-10 03:41 AM   #124 
  - I operate on myself, and I'll damn well operate on my dog if I choose to. Sue me.  NYC_SKP   Feb-05-10 08:45 PM   #57 
  - to each his own  zx_3500   Apr-02-10 03:23 AM   #67 
  - burlington  kj8750   Sep-30-10 03:43 AM   #125 
  - "heinous crime" is a little over the top  mantis49   Feb-05-10 08:58 PM   #59 
  - newfoundland  kj8750   Sep-30-10 03:45 AM   #126 
  - The problem is in the level of surgery he attempted.  flvegan   Feb-05-10 09:24 PM   #60 
  - Oh, that poor dog. Where did this guy get local anesthesia  barb162   Feb-05-10 09:27 PM   #61 
  - he probably made it himself  zx_3500   Apr-02-10 03:22 AM   #66 
  - what a terrible man  zx_3500   Apr-02-10 03:19 AM   #63 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-28-10 05:31 PM   #68 
  - appalling.  kj8750   Sep-06-10 09:12 PM   #80 
 

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