Tennessee Vet That Used Cruel Euthanasia Methods Has License Suspended

BaberVeterinarian 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.

Source: WSMV

(Thanks Connie)

25 Responses to “Tennessee Vet That Used Cruel Euthanasia Methods Has License Suspended”

  1. catmom5 says:

    I’m glad that there will be some consequences, but horrified that this vet still doesn’t see what he did was very, very wrong (and very, very cruel). I surely would not want him to care for any animal ever again.
    I’m also glad to see that there will be some good changes for the shelter and the animals who end up there.

  2. Donna says:

    I can not accept this vets excuse. ANYBODY working in animal care should know better. This is a cruel practice. Sounds like to me, he was trying to “save ” a few dollars on costs. His sentence……………..is too light. He is without compassion and of cruel intent. I have seen it many times in the care of shelter animals. Humane society or animal shelter, has come to mean a place where the unwanted are treated poorly and cheaply even with euth drugs. How immoral and careless can we become and still be classified as human ? Heart shots can cause vast suffering. Illegal or not it is wrong and cruel. This man is not in the right profession. He should be” treating ” serial killers. The suffering he has caused, breaks my heart and causes tears for the innocent that suffered at his hands.

  3. sk says:

    Why is it so difficult for some people to “step into the shoes” of another… to be truly empathetic…? The quality and quantity of pain is irrelevant. Pain will fill to capacity the volume for which one has the ability to hold. This vet obviously has no capacity for empathy. I feel that his license should’ve been permanently revoked.

  4. Aaron says:

    He was our vet and after going to him once and the way he treated our dog, I knew our dog would not be back. He was so nasty and harsh!
    I agree that he needs some kind of psychological help. I knew it when I left his office that day with my dog to never return again.

  5. Don Earl says:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t quite follow how someone unrepentant over an illegal proceedure and mentally unbalanced to the point of requiring professional help, should have a license to drive a wheelbarrow, let along to practice any kind of medicine.

  6. 2CatMom says:

    I’m with you Don. But I’m a big believer in karma. When he’s dying and in pain then he might finally realize that even if death is inevitable, it should still occur as painlessly as possible.

  7. Debra says:

    On top of his lack of compassion, here is a man who obviously does nothing to stay current with regulations within his professional. Might one assume that he makes no other effort to stay abreast of other new developments in treatment?

  8. Nora and Rufus says:

    This particular vet seems to only want to make a profit from the profession with NO OTHER concerns…..and with a sadistic and cruel streak to boot. He should definitely be permanately barred from ANY MEDICAL care for any living creatures. What a monster. Horrifying. Aaron tells it like it is from a customers point of view too.

  9. Lynne says:

    Don, I agree with you. 2CatMom, I also believe in karma. It’s gonna suck to be him.

    He’s to get psychological counseling? What in the hell does that mean? Could someone load up a syringe with 500cc of empathy and compassion and inject that directly into his heart? Sans anesthesia.

    Oh, my aching brain.

  10. Velvet's Dad says:

    Don, my thoughts as well. How do you consider licensing a “human” as a vet who sees nothing wrong with inflicting unnecessary pain on innocent animals? The board should permanently pull this character’s license. Not only a disgusting vet but a disgusting human being.

  11. The Lioness says:

    This man is so full of crap! HOW can a veterinarian NOT KNOW the state laws? That’s just a load of bull!

    5 years’ probation and $2k is not enough, but I guess it’s a start. Why isn’t he in JAIL for 5 years, though!

    GAAAAH! This makes me nuts.

    I hope the new AC and shelter team do a better job.

    ~The Lioness

  12. Cate says:

    This man should never be allowed to practice again. I am so sad when I think of all the helpless animals that have suffered in his hands.

  13. Nancy VB says:

    He felt like he did nothing wrong?! How does this man live with himself?
    Makes me sick!

  14. shibadiva says:

    Well, let’s put some pressure on so that his license is NEVER renewed. Regardless of what any psychologist says about his probability to re-offend.

    Vets like this should be out of business.

  15. Carol Ann says:

    This vet makes me sick..he should never get his license renewed

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  17. Geff says:

    I normally don’t believe in the death penalty, but this slime is truly deserving. At minimum, his license should be suspended for life, & I’m amazed that any Judge would consider otherwise.

  18. Lynn says:

    There’s something seriously wrong with the veterinary board that they would allow this man to keep his license. Either they see a need for a needle happy killer in the shelters and that’s why they’ve allowed him to stay in the profession. Or it’s simply because they don’t crucify their own.

    Let’s be realistic here [and do NOT for one second assume I am defending Baber]: Anyone who does assembly line murders has to put his brain on autopilot and zone out, otherwise he would go crazy doing what he does. But then I suppose there are those who are so totally immune to inflicting pain. Remind you of psychopathic serial killers?

    I say send Winograd to Tennessee and have him build, at Baber’s expense, a model shelter where killing is not permitted.

  19. Sylvia says:

    This idiot should never get is license back - he “didn’t know” the heart shot method had been banned? Guess he really keeps up on his craft. Thee is no excuse for cuelty to an animal - he’s too busy - he is a jerk

  20. Connie says:

    I second everything said above.

    Watch the Fox17 report. It’s on the front page under “Top Video Stories” right now. It shows part of Baber’s testimony and he is interviewed briefly. I love the part where he says, “Because of what I will have to endure…”

    Oh geez. Poor, poor you.


  21. Sharon says:

    This man belongs in jail. In my mind what he did is worse than what Michael Vick did and he got a slap on the hand. It was more like a slap in the face to the people of Tennessee. There is something mentally wrong with people who think that this is an ok outcome.

  22. Lynn says:

    I’m with you, Sharon, a thousand per cent.

  23. Pam says:


    “Lynn says:

    December 15th, 2007 at 2:46 am
    There’s something seriously wrong with the veterinary board that they would allow this man to keep his license.”

    Lynn, I’m sure the Veterinary Board is made up of other vets. They have a personal interest in not making the veterinary profession look bad. Also, they are probably living in glass houses themselves, so they don’t want to throw any stones. Any profession that polices itself is under suspicion, I believe.

    I completely agree that this “vet” is a person who should never be able to have a veterinary license again. There is enough evidence to show he has no concern for the pain and suffering of animals.

    And, his excuse that he “didn’t know” that the heart shot was banned shows he is ignorant or stupid–neither are good traits for a vet. A pox on him.

  24. shibadiva says:

    Don’t forget the petition:


  25. stefani says:

    Actually, this is stiff punishment when you look at what Vet Boards see nationwide and do NOTHING. That doesn’t make it right, though, that he will EVER have his license again. I surely hope pet owners will stay away from him in DROVES.

    He doesn’t see anything wrong with it, but he held these animals and knew the fear and pain they were experiencing.

    Take my word for it: the vet board would have done NOTHING about this without VIDEO evidence and news coverage. They hear bad cases all the time that would break your heart but do NOTHING because no matter how outlandish and unbelievable, when it’s a vets word against a client, they always believe the vet. The difference? Video evidence and coverage.

    The moral: If you want anything done, get video, get recordings, GET NEWS COVERAGE. Check your state laws on taping before doing the audio, quite ironically, surruptitious audio taping is illegal in some states where video taping is legal. Frankly, I believe that law serves only to protect LIARS and I live in one of those states.

    Stefani Olsen
    The Toonces Project
    “Is Your Pet Safe at the Vet?”

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