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PETITION TARGET: Collier County Prosecutor

A pregnant, 6-year-old chihuahua named Sugar suffered horrifically after a man posing to be a veterinarian cut her open and sewed her up with thread — leading to a severe infection, a week of agony, and her ultimate death, according to news.

The tiny dog reportedly was having trouble delivering a litter of puppies, so her people took her to a man who charged hundreds of dollars to perform a C-section on her in an ambulance converted to a “mobile clinic,” according to CNN.

Sugar became ill from the surgery and spent a week at a veterinary clinic in “dire shape,” with staff who performed another surgery discovering her incision had been sewn closed with string or thread — likely leading to her infection.

The dog has since died from “multiple complications” of the first, sham surgery, according to law enforcement. Clinic staff reported that Sugar likely would not have died had a licensed veterinarian performed the standard operation.

Authorities have charged a man with one count of animal cruelty and one count of practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

Whoever killed Sugar must be held fully accountable for her death and the deception of her guardians — and must never again be allowed to be near animals.

Sign our petition urging the Collier County prosecutor to treat this case with the severity it deserves, including a maximum ban on owning, working with, or being around animals for the individual(s) responsible for sweet Sugar’s death.