Veterinary news is not always the most exciting to pet parents…we’ve heard our pets are fat time and again, pharmaceutical companies will always be restructuring, and the other day some vet was arrested for illegally dumping his dead patients bodies into the woods…huh?
That’s right, Andrew Manesis, DVM, of the Bronx in New York City, was arrested May 25 for allegedly dumping 35 pet carcasses in the woods along the Hutchinson River Parkway. They were discovered when transporation employees were mowing and mulching.
It seems all the pets died or natural causes or were euthanized and animal cruelty (in the strickest sense of the word) is not suspected, but I think the pet parents of the deceased might beg to differ.
It seems the pet parents paid Dr. Manesis for a company to pick up their pets and perform group cremation but detectives found no such indication that the veterinarian had any tranactions with any group cremation group for the last six months.
Handling deceased pets with care and respect after their grieving owners leave the hospital is something I hope veterinarians and their staff take very seriously. I can’t believe this vet loaded them up in garbage bags and pulled off the side of the road and dumped them. How dispicable.
While he has been charged with four misdemeanors, this seems a gross misfit of punishment for the deed. I can’t help but wonder, why would a veterinarian do this? Financial problems? Lack of compassion? Brain tumor?