The Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has temporarily suspended veterinarian William Baber’s veterinary license for using illegal euthanasia methods.
An unedited video of Baber injecting sodium pentobarbital directly into animals’ hearts was shown to the board.
Baber was not present during the hearing. He has the right to an informal conference to plead his case with the board within seven days. If the suspension is left in place, Baber can seek a hearing to appeal the decision.
The Tennessee veterinarian has also been accused of leaving injected animals unattended until they died, neglecting to weigh them to make sure he was giving the correct dosage, and failing to make certain they were dead before he incinerated their bodies.
â€œWe have seen not only a violation â€¦ but a pattern of violations,â€ said Maven Thompson, president of the four-member state board.
Ken Jones, a Health Department investigator, testified at the hearing that he interviewed Baber on November 1. Jones said that Baber admitted that he did not weighh animals to determine the correct dosage and that he only “occasionally” sedated animals before injecting them in the heart.
One resident that attended the hearing who saw the video said, “I almost broke down. I canâ€™t believe any human being could be that cruel to animals.”