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Arlene Fougere of Meat Cove with her husky Cooper. Fougere took her dog to the Highland Animal Hospitals clinic in Ingonish on Aug. 4 with a sore paw and Dr. Sietse Van Zwol  euthanized her dog by mistake. Fougere said she has lodged a complaint with the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association and wants Van Zwols licence revoked. CONTRIBUTED

Questionable past

A Cape Breton veterinarian being investigated after being accused of euthanizing a dog by mistake in August, has had complaints lodged against him dating back 28 years now, reports the Cape Breton Post's Sharon Montgomery-Dupe. 

Dr. Sietse Van Zwol, owner of Highland Animal Hospital in Port Hawkesbury, was suspended in 2016 for two months, reprimanded and directed to take a record-keeping course following a complaint about his assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a dog, as well as his communication with the client.

In a Cape Breton Post story Aug. 9, Arlene Fougere - the owner of husky Cooper - said Dr. Sietse Van Zwol came out to a vet appointment without a chart, carrying a rubber band. Fougere assumed they were taking blood for testing. Without a word spoken, Cooper was given a needle. All of a sudden her dog began jerking his head and had blood on his lip. A gurgling noise was the last sound she’d ever hear him make. Fougere’s dog had been euthanized.

Read about what Montgomery-Dupe uncovered about the veterinarian and how Fougere is coping following Cooper's death. 

Arlene Fougere of Meat Cove with her husky Cooper. Fougere took her dog to the Highland Animal Hospital’s clinic in Ingonish on Aug. 4 with a sore paw and Dr. Sietse Van Zwol euthanized her dog by mistake. Fougere said she has lodged a complaint with the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association and wants Van Zwol’s licence revoked. CONTRIBUTED - Sharon Montgomery

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