A South Carolina veterinarian has been reprimanded by the state licensing board for taking money to euthanize a cat. Instead of euthanizing the cat, she kept the cat at her office for almost two years.
The situation started in May 2005 when Brandi Hart brought her daughter’s cat, Mr. Kitty, to Merri Walden Crenshaw to be treated for a urinary tract infection.
Crenshaw told Hart that Mr. Kitty would continue to be in pain and would get worse. Hart paid Crenshaw to euthanize Mr. Kitty to end his suffering.
Instead of euthanizing Mr. Kitty, Crenshaw started to treat him and give him medication for his condition. She never notified Hart that Mr. Kitty was recovering from his condition and that he was alive.
Earlier this year, an employee notified Hart that Mr. Kitty was living at the animal hospital. The family went to take Mr. Kitty home, but employees tried to give them a different cat.
A state investigator retrieved Mr. Kitty and brought him back to the Hart family.
Crenshaw was found by the South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to be using false statements in medical records, improperly obtaining fees and engaging in unprofessional conduct. She was fined $1,000 and her license has been placed on probationary status for two years.
The Hart family is extremely happy that Mr. Kitty is alive and is back in their lives, but they are still uncertain why Crenshaw nursed their cat back to health even though she said she was going to euthanize him.
Source: Go Upstate.com