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Pregnant Dog Died After Fake Vet Performed C-Section And She Wasn’t Properly Sedated!

Published: February 22, 2021 at 12:09 PM Author: PENNY EIMS

Lake County, Florida – A French bulldog named Lyla suffered unimaginable pain, and ultimately death because a fake veterinarian performed a C-Section on her inside of a Lake County, Florida, home. The surgery took place in front of a minor, who videotaped the procedure and posted it to TikTok.

The disturbing footage shows Lyla thrashing on the table because she was not properly sedated when she was cut open by Frankie Huertas-Rivera. Police arrested the dog’s owner, Larry Colon, and the “surgeon,” Frankie Huertas-Rivera.

Huertas-Rivera is charged with animal cruelty and practicing without a license, and Lyla’s owner is charged with animal cruelty. This is a sickening act of cruelty which cannot go unpunished! Please sign today to let court officials know that Lyla deserves justice!

Larry Colon chose to have Frankie Huertas-Rivera cut Lyla open to deliver her puppies because he wanted to save money. Lyla was put onto a table, held down, and cut open without proper sedation, without proper sterilization, and without a real veterinarian to do the surgery.

Documents state that Lyla’s body “shakes and contracts while she squirms in pain with her head thrashing back and forth which give the appearance that she is not completely sedated.” Lyla’s owner eventually took her to an actual, licensed veterinarian, but it was too late – she was dead. The veterinarian provided her cause of death, stating that it was “due to non-sterile surgery performed by unlicensed individual with medical care and diagnostics that do not meet minimum requirements to be safe for the patient.”

Two of Lyla’s puppies were never removed from her body – the suffering this dog endured is appalling! We want to see these men receive the maximum punishment for their charges, and we need your support to make it happen. Please sign today – Lyla, and her puppies, deserve justice!

Read more about the Florida animal cruelty laws here.


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Final Update 5/28/2024: Victory!! Animal Victory is thrilled to announce that Frankie Huertas-Rivera was sentenced to over 2 years State Prison and 5 years of probation, and Larry Colon was sentenced to 5 years of probation. We thank everyone who signed the petition, helping us secure justice for Lyla and her puppies. 

Update 6/22/2023: Animal Victory has learned that plea negotiations are scheduled for 6/27 at 9 am for Larry Colon, and 1:30 pm for Frankie Rivera.

Update 5/3/2023: Animal Victory sent cover letter and petition to the judge. 

Update 5/2/2022: Sentencing has been rescheduled to May 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Update 12/09/2022: Once again the sentencing for this case has been postponed. The new date is 12/19/2022 at 1:30 PM CFSNTPR – FELONY SENTENCING PRIV ATTY TAVARES JRB for both defendants.

Update 11/18/2022: Animal Victory has learned that court has been rescheduled to 11/21/2022 at 1:30 p.m.

Update 10/03/2022: Sentencing was moved to 10/18/2022 at 1:30 pm private plea negotiations and 10/24/2022 at 1:30 pm felony sentencing

Update 9/13/2022: Defendant Frankie Rivera was not present on the last court date, which was August 29, 2022. A private plea negotiation conference has been scheduled for September 20, 2022. Continued sentencing is set for September 27, 2022. 


Update 8/8/2022: Sentencing has been moved to August 29, 2022 at 1:30 pm for Frankie and 9:00 am for Larry.

Update 7/11/2022: The next court date for both defendants is on August 1st for sentencing. 


Update 6/15/2022: Animal Victory has learned that a Plea Negotiation Conference is scheduled to take place on 6/28/2022. Felony sentencing is scheduled to take place on 7/05/2022.

Update 4/13/2022: Animal Victory has learned that plea negotiations and sentencing were continued once again and marked private. 

  • 05/09/2022 1:30 FELONY SENTENCING PRIV 

Update 1/12/2022: Animal Victory has learned that sentencing was moved to Jan. 18th, 2022, for both defendants.

Update 11/03/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the plea negotiations have been continued to 11/16/2021 and sentencing is set for 11/22/2021. 25,363 signatures have been sent to attorney Jamie McManus along with our petition letter.

Update 7/5/2021: According to court records, the defendant was not present on 6/30/2021. There is a mandatory appearance scheduled for 8/2/2021.

From Court Records:

06/30/2021 MANDATORY APPEARANCE FOR 8/2/2021

6/14/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 6, pending the outcome of the private plea negotiation conference on June 29. AV has sent 18,085 signatures and comments today to Attorney McManus along with our letter of intent.

Update 5/24/2021: Animal Victory has learned that neither defendant was present on May 10, and the arraignment has been rescheduled for June 7 at 8:30 a.m. 

Update 4/14/2021: Both defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on May 10. Animal Victory will keep you informed.

Update 3/1/2021: Court has been postponed to 4/12/2021

Update 3/12/2021: Animal Victory has sent 17,607 signatures and comments to Prosecuting attorney Jamie McManus. The next court is scheduled for March 15. Animal Victory will have a representative inside the courtroom and will update as soon as possible. Read our letter here.

Update 2/25/21: Animal Victory has been informed that the arraignment is scheduled for March 8.

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Pregnant Dog Died After Fake Vet Performed C-Section And She Wasn't Properly Sedated!

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162Anonymous 0 Jun 04, 2024
161 Laurie P. These monsters should have gotten more prison time, although I am happy they got something. I hope the time they do spend in jail is spent painfully...even though it may not seem so, there are animal lovers among the incarcerated. I hope they don't make it out of jail but if they do, that they not be allowed to have animals ever again. 0 Jun 04, 2024
160 Sandy G. PUT THESE BASTARDS AWAY FOR LIFE 0 Jun 03, 2024
159 debi k. 0 Jun 03, 2024
158Anonymous 0 Jun 03, 2024
157 Judy G. These two fiends must feel the full weight of the law for their sickening act of cutting open a dog to profit from her puppies. She died and this is clearly an act of obscene cruelty. No plea bargains. 0 Jun 03, 2024
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153 Catherine T. There are no words. 0 Jun 02, 2024
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