Target: New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine
Goal: Discipline the Anderson Inner City Animal Hospital
A starving puppy was recently denied entrance to a veterinary clinic in Buffalo, New York after it was found shivering in the clinic’s parking lot. This is not the first time this clinic has denied a starving animal entrance. Call upon the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine to take appropriate action.
The two Rural-Metro workers who found the puppy in the Anderson Inner City Animal Hospital parking lot said it was “like, 32 degrees outside” and that the puppy was skin and bones when they found her. When the two workers knocked on the vet’s door, they were refused entry. The individual who answered the door identified himself as the maintenance worker and claimed he was not authorized to help them. He also claimed that he had already called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), and then slammed the door on them. Instead of waiting for the SPCA to arrive, the two Metro workers then wrapped the pup in blankets and their supervisor rushed her to the local SPCA shelter.
This is not the first time the Anderson Inner City Animal Hospital has come under scrutiny for allegedly turning away starving animals. In 2009, a malnourished cocker spaniel lay outside the hospital for over 24 hours before anyone even notified the SPCA. “Kenny” had to be put to sleep three days later and the SPCA filed a complaint against the clinic’s owner, Dr. Hector Anderson.
Dr. Anderson should be sanctioned for the harm his practice’s inaction caused those two animals. As a veterinarian, Dr. Anderson swore an oath to the protection of animal health and to the relief of animal suffering. Denying and ignoring dying puppies from your practice is not in line with this oath in any way. Tell the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine to take appropriate action against Dr. Anderson and his clinic.
Dear New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine,
I am writing this letter to ask that action is taken against Dr. Hector Anderson and his clinic, Anderson Inner City Animal Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. Dr. Anderson’s clinic has denied entry to two starving animals since 2009. The first, a cocker spaniel named “Kenny,” lay in the clinic’s parking lot for 24 hours before the SPCA was even called. He died three days later.
More recently, Anderson’s clinic refused a starving puppy that was also found in the parking lot. Allegedly, the maintenance worker who met the individuals who found the puppy had been told not to help if Dr. Anderson was not present. For some reason, Dr. Anderson apparently had not provided the worker with a procedure for what to do if he was not in the building.
This is unacceptable for a veterinary clinic. The fact that it has happend on more than one occasion should be cause for alarm. Dr. Anderson swore an oath in accepting his profession, and he has a professional and ethical obligation to uphold it. Anderson Inner City Animal Hospital should be disciplined for its treatment of starving animals. Please take appropriate action against Dr. Anderson and his clinic.
[Your Name Here]
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