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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.
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