A dog owner who attempted DIY staple surgery was banned from keeping dogs for seven years.

Aftab Karim claimed he could not afford vet fees when his dog, Luna, was bitten by another dog. The RSPCA was alerted to concerns about the animal. They found Karim had used a non-medical staple gun bought online to close the wound on the dog’s leg.

He admitted a charge under the animal welfare act at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court last week.

Karim, 40, took Luna to veterinary surgery. This was after another dog in his care left her with the “gaping” wound in September 2021. He was given pain relief for Luna, along with anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.

Image caption,The non-medical staple gun was bought by Karim online, the RSPCA said

The Awful Staple Surgery

The RSPCA said it was called to Karim’s home when he failed to bring Luna to a surgical appointment the next day.

Graphic images shared by the charity show the DIY job performed on the Belgian Malinois. She had 26 staples holding her wound together.

When asked by inspectors at the charity, Karim said he could not afford the fees of up to £1,200 quoted. Luna was examined and given emergency surgery to remove the staples. And, her wound was professionally treated.

“For a wound as large as the one suffered the dog would have required a full general anesthetic,”.

Graphic image of the dog and injury
Image caption,Luna was found with 26 staples, stitched together by Karim in what he admitted was a “ludicrous act”

Karim, who admitted his actions were a “ludicrous act” was banned from keeping dogs for seven years. He also has to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Karim pleaded guilty to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering by failing to follow veterinary advice. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £95 and court costs of £350. In the end, both dogs were removed from his address.

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