Drunk Man Tries Operating on Dog: Cops

Stewart Gibbs faces animal cruelty charges for trying to remove a cyst from his dog's ear

By Dominic Trombino
|  Monday, Jun 20, 2011  |  Updated 10:38 AM CDT
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A man from the Near West Side faces felony animal cruelty charges after attempting to operate on his own dog, Chicago police say.

Stewart Gibbs, 44, was arrested Sunday evening after he told police he was attempting to remove a cyst from his Doberman's right year, Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

Officers reported to Gibbs' condo after being called for a well-being check, Mirabelli said. When he opened the door, his hands were covered in blood, and he seemed to be intoxicated.

Once police entered the apartment, they saw more blood on the floor and walls, according to police. The Doberman had a wound under its right ear. Police said that Gibbs told officers he was trying to remove a cyst from under the ear.

According to Mirabelli, Gibbs told officers that he was not a veterinarian, but a cardiologist. There is no license information that claims Gibbs is a physician, police said.

Gibbs was arrested, and the dog was taken to a veterinary center. Gibbs has since given up custody of the dog to officials, and the dog is in the care of Chicago Animal Care and Control, police said.

The Doberman was docile when the officers came in, Mirabelli said.

Gibbs is expected to appear in Cook County Central Bond Court at noon Monday.

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