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Family Blames Animal Clinic After Dog Suddenly Dies,, Orlando, March 2, 2007

"Eyewitness News went to the animal hospital for some answers, but got none. Now Dan wants to find out not only what killed his dog, but at least three other dogs that were at the hospital. An after death medical report from the University of Florida said the deaths were linked to some kind of infectious organism."





Lucky Riff (Florida)

John Willie, DVM:

When Pets Die at the Vet, Grieving Owners Call Lawyers USA Today, March 15, 2005

Lawsuit for Lucky: Can a Vet Be Sued for Emotional Injuries?, August 22, 2003

Courts Warm Up to Pet Owners' Suits, National Law Journal,, July 21, 2003

Dog's Owners Entitled to Sue Veterinarian for Pet's Death in Potential Landmark Case, reprinted from Orlando Sun-Sentinel, July 1, 2003

Dog Death Prompts Malpractice Suit,, June 25, 2003

Laws Begin to Recognize Value of Pets, The Miami Herald,, June 5, 2003


Animal Clinic of Brandon

Woman Blames Vet Tech for Puppy's Blind and Deaf Condition (Seffner),  ABC Action News., Nov. 12, 2003

Lloyd Meisels, DVM, Coral Springs Animal Hospital:

Pet’s Owner, Animal Hospital in a Dogfight Over Big Bill (Coral Springs), The Miami Herald,, August 5, 2003

Dog Owner, Vet in ‘Pooched’ Battle (Coral Springs),, August 5, 2003

Adel Assad, DVM:

Veterinarian Suspended After Neutering Surgery (Ocala), WKMG-TV,, Sept. 20, 2002

Earl Shobert, DVM

Vet Accused of Mistreating Pets (Tampa), ABC Action News, Nov. 13, 2001

Veterinarian's Past Catches Up with Him St. Petersburg Times, April 26, 2001  

County Faces Suit in Kitten's Death, John Cote, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Feb. 14, 2006

A Royal Palm Beach couple filed notice Monday that they intend to sue Palm Beach County for more than $50,000 after a county veterinarian killed their kitten by implanting a microchip in its spine.

"There is malpractice for medical doctors... But veterinarians, they seem to get away with it because it's never raised..."


Clay County (Florida) Vet Charged with Animal Cruelty

Scott Reed, DVM, Creekside Veterinary Clinic, Middleburg, Florida

o Had previously shown aggressive behavior toward animals at other hospitals where he worked

o Arrested earlier this year for domestic violence


Authorities said that Scott Reed, 44, a vet at Creekside Veterinary Clinic in Middleburg, got upset last month when a 43-pound mixed chow he was treating bit him. According to the arrest warrant, Reed grabbed the dog's leash from an assistant, hanging the animal in the air, and kicked it several times. Read full story


Related First Amendment issues

Lawsuit against Florida web site owner fails - Woman in Florida exposes system that cleared dentists

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    "[Paul] Levy's co-counsel, James K. Green of West Palm Beach, claimed the dentists were relying on an unconstitutional confidentiality law. "I've gotten 10 gag laws declared unconstitutional," he said. "For some reason, Florida has this history of trying to gag complaints about all sorts of people -- public officials, police officers and others."