I normally don't post on stories such as the one below, but this story represents a much larger and growing trend in this country. Here is a poor old man who loves his dog and was trying to help his beloved pet in the only way we was able too. Then along comes big brother, the state, and charges him with a crime. More and more our rights are being usurped by the state---local, state and federal. I love dogs and have one I would do anything for. I just don't think its the states business how I care for my little pet. The state is steadily sticking its ugly nose into what should be our personal affairs. It doesn't seem to worry most people until it happens to them. Only then will they protest and hollow foul. Does your beloved pet have rights, you bet he does---the ones you give him not the ones the state claims to give him. We must assume that most people know how to handle their pets and the state should not trample on the rights of all because of a few bad apples. I want the government to stay out of my house, away from my pet and frankly out of my life. Our elected officials are not smarter than us, are not wiser than us, and we didn't elect them to change our diapers and walk our dogs. They are there to serve and not to control our lives and the sooner voters realize this the quicker we can remove those nanny state people from office.
A Rhode Island man who says he couldn't afford veterinary care for his dog has been charged with illegally operating on the pet.
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." read more from AP via FOX News