A Kentucky woman addicted to prescription medication confessed to torturing her dog in order to get its pain medication, according to WLKY-TV.
"Something like this is definitely uncharted territory," Dr. Chad Bailey of Elizabethtown Animal Hospital told the news outlet.
Heather Pereira repeatedly brought her golden retriever to the Elizabethtown animal hospital, veterinarians said, with deep cuts that required stitches.
Bailey said that on December 4, "Things didn't add up as far as the frequency of the dog's injuries, the cleanliness of the cuts."
"[They] looked like clean cuts instead of the jaggedness that you might see in most animal injuries," Elizabethtown Police Sgt. Timothy Cleary added.
After veterinarians contacted police, Cleary said an investigation "determined she was actually taking [the medication] and using those medications for herself instead of for the dog."
Pereira confessed to police, and said she had also taken her golden retriever to a clinic in Louisville for medication.
The dog, according to Bailey, is living with a foster family and is on the road to recovery.
"She's a great dog, wagging her tail and, you know, I'm sure the dog has already forgiven. That's just what dogs do," he said. "They love us unconditionally. She's a great dog and doing fine."
Pereira has been charged with three counts of animal torture and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
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