Cat harmed in botched neutering attempt won't be returned to owner

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Green Bay Police say a cat that was harmed in a botched attempt to neuter it at home will not be returned to the owner.

Green Bay's senior humane officer says the cat was placed on a police hold and put under a veterinarian's care.

Police are working with the humane society to terminate the cat owner's ownership rights, the officer said.

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Police accuse a woman who didn't complete veterinary school and her fiance's brother of trying to castrate the man's cat at home to save money.

Now the pair are facing up to 9 months in jail and $11,000 in fines if convicted of mistreating an animal and practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

Richard Krystof, 24, and Samantha Bruce, 27, were formally charged Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, Krystof felt taking the cat to a veterinarian to be neutered was too expensive. Bruce, his brother's fiancee, said she went to veterinary school and would guide him through the process by rubber-banding its testicles.

Krystof and Bruce both accuse the other of doing the procedure.

A veterinary clinic called police Wednesday after the cat was brought in with a severe infection. The clinic had to do an emergency neuter.

Green Bay's senior humane officer interviewed Krystof, Bruce and others, and referred Krystof and Bruce to the district attorney's office for misdemeanor charges.

Bruce was released on a signature bond Thursday and told to return to court on August 9. Krystof has a court appearance August 22.

The humane officer also found at least five cats and two dogs in Krystof's home, and gave Krystof until August 24 to get an excess animal permit from the city.

Depending on income, low-cost neutering and spaying services may be available through a local veterinarian or animal shelter. In some cases, partial payment arrangements can be made. Contact one of them in your area for information, or search for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic near you through Petsmart Charities: click here