Formal complaints have been filed against a couple in Quezon City who performed a gruesome Caesarian section on a pregnant poodle that killed the dog in the process, according to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Tuesday.
The couple were identified as Jonathan and Evangeline Galguerra who allegedly "cut open a pregnant poodle with a regular kitchen knife and a pair of scissors" and livestreamed the act on social media.
"The couple breeds dogs without permits and are not veterinarians. Netizens who viewed the horrific FB live post claim that the mother dog was still alive as she was cut open," the animal welfare advocacy group said.
The video which has since been taken down drew the ire of some netizens who demanded justice for the poodle.
"By performing a surgical procedure themselves without being registered veterinary professionals and without using anesthesia, the Respondents not only maltreated and abused an animal by inflicting needless pain and causing its death, they also neglected to provide the animal...and the puppies they delivered...with the veterinary care demanded by the situation," the PAWS' complaint read.
The suspects will face charges for animal cruelty and violation of the Philippine Veterinary Medicine Act.
GMA News Online is still trying to reach the couple for comment as of posting time.
The dog's owner earlier said in a report that he had to cut open his dying pregnant dog to save the litter of puppies that were still inside her. — MDM, GMA News