Larry Colon chose to have Frankie Huertas-Rivera cut Lyla open to deliver her puppies because he wanted to save money. Lyla was put onto a table, held down, and cut open without proper sedation, without proper sterilization, and without a real veterinarian to do the surgery.
Documents state that Lyla's body "shakes and contracts while she squirms in pain with her head thrashing back and forth which give the appearance that she is not completely sedated." Lyla's owner eventually took her to an actual, licensed veterinarian, but it was too late - she was dead. The veterinarian provided her cause of death, stating that it was "due to non-sterile surgery performed by unlicensed individual with medical care and diagnostics that do not meet minimum requirements to be safe for the patient."
Two of Lyla's puppies were never removed from her body - the suffering this dog endured is appalling! We want to see these men receive the maximum punishment for their charges, and we need your support to make it happen. Please sign today - Lyla, and her puppies, deserve justice!
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Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.
Update 4/14/2021: Both defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on May 10. Animal Victory will keep you informed.
Update 3/1/2021: Court has been postponed to 4/12/2021
Update 3/12/2021: Animal Victory has sent 17,607 signatures and comments to Prosecuting attorney Jamie McManus. The next court is scheduled for March 15. Animal Victory will have a representative inside the courtroom and will update as soon as possible. Read our letter here.
Update 2/25/21: Animal Victory has been informed that the arraignment is scheduled for March 8.