An upstate New York veterinarian was arrested this week for animal abuse expenses that left authorities “sickened.”
Dr. Javier Diaz, 46, owned and operated the Important Road Animal Hospital in Elmsford, New York. On Friday, he was charged for allegedly abusing a litany of animals and falsifying vaccination information between April 9 and April 27. The physician’s alleged crimes have been uncovered by a joint investigation carried out by the Humane Legislation Enforcement Unit (HLEU) of SPCA Westchester alongside native detectives Paul Rescigno and Robert Caralyus, and with help from the Westchester District Legal professional’s Workplace, the Yonkers Instances reported.
Diaz stands accused of bodily abusing pets left in his care on six events all through final month. In a single occasion, he allegedly hit a kitten with canine nail clippers earlier than shoving them within the animal’s mouth, inflicting gum lacerations. One other time, a chihuahua canine was punched to make it cease crying whereas being saved in a crate. He additionally allegedly choked a Shih Tzu canine nearly to the purpose of unconsciousness.
A typical theme among the many different allegations was punching or kicking canines, usually within the ribs, and twisting their extremities, together with wrists and ears. Every incident was reported to have brought about the animals “to suffer unjustifiable pain and suffering,” based on the Yonkers Instances.
Diaz was arraigned within the Elmsford Village Courtroom Friday. He at present faces six counts of animal cruelty, one rely of third-degree assault, and one rely of second-degree forgery.
Among the many accusations of animal cruelty and abuse, Diaz was additionally accused of, on at the very least one event, falsifying vaccination paperwork. The physician allegedly offered proof of vaccination to the proprietor of an animal and charged them for the service, however by no means truly administered the shot.
The SPCA Westchester is now calling on members of the general public to achieve out in the event that they imagine their animal was harmed whereas within the veterinarian’s care.
“We are absolutely sickened by the abuse these animals suffered at the hands of Javier Diaz, DVM. Veterinarians take an oath to protect animal health and welfare not to cause pain and misery,” Shannon Laukhuf, SPCA Westchester’s Government Director, mentioned in an announcement despatched to the Yonkers Instances. “If you suspect your pet was harmed in Diaz’s care, please call the SPCA’s 24-hour animal cruelty hotline at (914) 941-7797.”
An analogous occasion of extreme animal abuse by a veterinarian was reported final October. Prentiss Madden of Miami, Florida, was sentenced to over 22 years in jail after it was discovered that he had been producing and sharing movies of himself sexually abusing canines. Investigators additionally discovered hundreds of photos of kid pornography in his possession.