While pet owners also expect their veterinarians to care for their own dogs, imagine the disappointment and anger after a Bournemouth, United Kingdom veterinarian pleaded guilty to “chronic and prolonged neglect” of her two dogs this week, reports the Telegraph.co.
Kerstin Vockert’s two dogs were found in horrific condition last September when Animal Control officers from the RSPCA raided her home. Happy, a Shih Tzu and Millie, a cocker spaniel were so badly matted, it was painful for the dogs to even walk.
Her home was reported to have been filthy and smelled strongly of ammonia. When authorities returned the next day, Vockert stated she had euthanized Millie because she had advanced cancer.
Prosecutors stated Vockert should have known better. Another veterinarian testified:
“It’s not acceptable to leave coats to degenerate to this level. She was aware of this. As a veterinary surgeon she should have known better and she should have done something about it.”
Vockert, 55, pleaded guilty to failing to protect her dogs from pain, suffering, injury and disease by not adequately grooming them. She has been a veterinarian for 19 years and is the director of Ark Aid Veterinary Center.
Eleven-year-old Happy was shaved down and survived. Happy has since been re-homed.
Vockert was fined $1,500.
Vockert is reported to still have six other dogs; all of whom have been noted to be in good health and condition. She now faces a further investigation from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
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