Veterinarian Bill Baber from Gallatin, Tennessee has been found guilty by the Tennessee board of veterinary medical examiners of violating the state’s euthanasia rules.
Baber was using the heart shot method without sedation to euthanize animals which was considered illegal by the state veterinary board.
His license will be suspended until April, and he has been placed on probation for five years, fined $2,000 and will have to go through psychological counseling.
Baber said he did not know that the heart shot method had been banned. He stated that due to the large number of animals that had to be euthanized at the Sumner County animal shelter, he had to use the quick heart shot method without sedation. Baber continued to say that he felt like he did not do anything wrong.
Drastic changes are being made at the Sumner County animal shelter. A new manager will be hired to oversee the animal control program, and the shelter will be observed by a team of inspectors.