posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 08:27 PM
Jason, I am sorry to hear about the traumatic experience you both had to go through.
Incidents like this make you really question the motives of some people.. that person is meant to be a medical professional and supposedly caring for
animals, but he sounds more like a greedy a**hole.
I agree with what other posters have said, definately try to contact your state veterinary board (or maybe the ASPCA) and try to get this guy/woman
People who run these places shouldn't be allowed near animals, to me it is blatant animal cruelty. It's like going to the emergency department of a
hospital with the same symptoms and being told your kid can't be seen yet because he hasn't got medical cover... I know that when I had a dog, she
was a member of our family and "not just an animal".
I don't know what it's like in America, but in Australia I'm pretty sure a doctor could be sued for malpractice or something if the child died.
We have RSPCA officers here who investigate cases of animal cruelty. They even have a TV show about it. If a person is found to have neglected a sick
animal they get a hefty fine, and I really don't see how this vet's behaviour is dissimilar.
Combined with the "marine officer" he has with him, using intimidation technqiues and suggesting that your pet should be euthanised is just
ridiculous. I can't believe people are so heartless as to say something (more or less) like "pay up our fee or your pet is going to be killed, oh,
and by the way, we did alot of useless tests on him and found nothing and didn't even bother to try to clean him up or make him feel more
comfortable, but who cares, $$$$$$"
I know vets can't be expected to treat animals for free, and I'm sure there are alot of people who would take advantage of a sympathetic vet, but
threatening you and your pet is going far beyond :S
(sorry for the huge wall of text, I just really care about animals!)
[edit on 10-7-2008 by Vilyariel]