“Lyla” The Dog Dead Following Botched Amateur C-Section In Clermont Home

The following story was previously published on Lake Legal News.

CLERMONT, Florida — A TikTok video of an amateur botched C-section that killed a white French bulldog landed two men behind bars Friday, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Larry Colon, 50, is alleged to have paid a man $650 to perform a c-section on his pregnant dog, Lyla, in Colon’s living room while Colon’s teenage daughter filmed the horrific surgery and posted it on the popular app TikTok Feb. 9.

The video shows Colon holding Lyla down on a metal table while Frankie Huertas-Rivera, 33, cuts Lyla open. Lyla is seen shaking and squirming in pain with her head thrashing back and forth, giving the appearance the dog is not completely sedated, according to the affidavit, Huertas-Rivera then removes puppies from Lyla.

Colon then took Lyla — after she was already dead — to a local vet following the C-section and an employee performed chest compressions on the French bulldog for 15 minutes in an attempt to save her life.  Lyla was found with two dead puppies still inside her and is believed to have died from septic shock secondary to contamination and additional puppies left in her uterus, according to the affidavit.

The veterinarian told an LCSO deputy Lyla and her two dead puppies “suffered unjust cruelty and suffering due to unethical medical services performed,” the affidavit states.

Colon was picked up on a warrant Friday for animal cruelty and transported to the Lake County Jail, where he was released on $5,000 bond. Huertas-Rivera was arrested Friday in Hernando County on a warrant for animal cruelty and practicing without a license. He was released from the Hernando County Jail on $7,000 bond.

Frankie Huertas-Rivera
PHOTO: Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
Larry Colon
PHOTO: Lake County Sheriff’s Office


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