Woman does home surgery on her husky mix
A New Jersey woman apparently attempted do-it-yourself surgery on her husky mix, and heavily sedated two of her other pets with narcotics, for reasons police and the Cumberland County SPCA are still trying to figure out.
Stephanie Ballassi, of Bridgeton, had not been charged by Monday night, but she could face multiple charges of animal cruelty as the investigation continues, said Bev Greco, executive director of the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“This is not something we’ve ever dealt with before,” Greco told The Daily Journal.
On Sunday, Bridgeton police were called to Ballassi’s home and found a bloody scene. The pets were immediately removed and taken to veterinary hospitals.
The husky mix was treated from a palm-sized head wound apparently caused when its owner attempted to surgically remove a lump on his head.
The other animals found in the house were lethargic, and investigators suspect they had been given human anti-depressants and anti-seizure medication.
A long-hair Persian-mix cat was also heavily drugged and had patches of her fur shaved off.
The husky mix, estimated to be about four years old, still hadn’t totally revived from whatever drugs he had been given, officials said.
SPCA investigators have visited Ballassi’s house before. In 2008, they were called to check on the welfare of five dogs and four cats she had at the time. No charges resulted.
In November 2011, Ballassi surrendered a basset hound, a German shepherd, three cats and a bird to the shelter. Ballassi said she was moving, but she continued to reside at the same address.
Both dogs went on to be adopted, the SPCA said.
(Cumberland County SPCA Executive Director Bev Grecco checks on a male husky that was taken from a Bridgeton home Monday; photo by Cody Glenn/ The Daily Journal)
Posted by jwoestendiek April 4th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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