A vet can lose her license for animal cruelty after police found two of her own dogs with severely matted fur, caused by “chronic and prolonged neglect”.
Kerstin Vockert’s dogs Happy, an 11-year-old blind Shih-Tzu, and Millie, Cocker Spaniel, were found with “horrifically matted fur” when RSPCA officers, acting on a tip off, raided her home in Bournemouth, England.
The officers found that neither Happy nor Millie had been groomed for at least six months. The weight of the dogs’ matted fur gave them discomfort and made it difficult for them to walk.
1. Vet Kerstin Vockert could lose her license after two of her dogs were found with severely matted fur due to “chronic and prolonged neglect” (photo: BNPS).
2. Happy the Shih-tzu was found with “horrifically matted fur” when the RSPCA raided Vockert’s home.
Happy had to be fully shaved, however Millie had already been euthanized by the vet by the time the officers arrived.
Vockert, 55, has been a vet for 19 years, as well as a director of an animal treatment center in Bournemouth. She has pleaded guilty to the RSPCA charges of failing to protect her dogs from pain, suffering, injury and disease by not adequately grooming them.
Vockert has been fined close ┬ú1,000 ($1,530) and has had Happy, who has since made a full recovery, taken away from her.
Yet, despite the fact that she would not be able to keep Happy, Vockert has been allowed to have other animals after she told the court that a complete ban would cause her “professional ruin”.
3. Happy, an 11-year-old blind rescue dog, had to be fully shaved but Vockert had already put another dog down.
4. Vockert was fined almost ┬ú1,000 ($1,530) by magistrates and told she would not be able to keep Happy (pictured).
The court was told that the vet currently has six other rescue dogs at her home, all of which have been reported to be in good condition.
Vockert now faces an investigation from the British Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, which could bar her from treating animals.
The vet was reported to the RSPCA’s in September of last year, after Happy was seen by a neighbor roaming the streets outside her home.
When RSPCA officers went to check the vet’s home, they found it extremely filthy and reeking of ammonia. The vet wasn’t present at the time the raid took place, but the officer saw another dog, Millie, with severely matted fur.
5. Another vet David Martin said Happy (pictured after being shaved) would have been in constant discomfort.
When the officers returned on the following day, Vockert told them she had put Millie down because the canine was “riddled with cancer”.
The vet explained that she groomed her dogs every six months, because they didn’t like being groomed. That assertion, however, was challenged in court by two experts who claimed that there had been at least nine months of growth on Happy’s coat.
Chris Devlin, one of the vets who examined Happy after he was taken away from Vockert, said in court that he had been subjected to “chronic and prolonged neglect” and his whole coat was matted and his body smelled bad.
David Martin, another of the experts who examined the dogs, said that both of them had been living in constant discomfort.
Vockert was fined ┬ú620 ($950) plus costs of ┬ú362 ($550) and had Happy taken away from her, but magistrates stopped short of taking her veterinary license away, because doing so would have a “disproportionate effect” on her life.
6. When officers went to Vockert’s home (pictured) they found it filthy with a strong smell of ammonia.
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