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Animal Neglect Charge Alleges Unapproved Castration Method

A northwest Missouri woman has been charged with animal neglect for allegedly attempting to castrate a dog with a rubber band.
(CHILLICOTHE, Mo.) A northwest Missouri woman has been charged with animal neglect for allegedly attempting to castrate a dog with a rubber band.

Debra Jean Heussner-Ivy was charged earlier this week with animal neglect. Court documents state she failed to provide adequate care for the dog by attempting an unapproved method of castration.

According to a probable cause statement, the Chillicothe Animal Hospital found a dog in Heussner-Ivy's care had swelling, believed to be caused by a rubber band wrapped around the base of the scrotum.

The document states a Livingston County deputy first responded to a call of animal cruelty on July 25. Heussner-Ivy later told the Sheriff's Department the dog was not hers and she had tried to treat some abrasions on the dog's testicles. She also told a deputy she had an appointment at the animal hospital the following day.

The next day the hospital submitted the report to the sheriff's department. According to the document, the rubber band had not been tight enough to cut off circulation, but was tight enough to cause discomfort and swelling.

Heussner-Ivy is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 25.
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