RSPCA LET VET OFF WHILST THEY PROSECUTE EVERYONE ELSE, RCVS TAKE NO ACTION.

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RSPCA LET VET OFF WHILST THEY PROSECUTE EVERYONE ELSE, RCVS TAKE NO ACTION.

Post  Admin on Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:42 pm

A VET has escaped with a caution after the death of one of his labradors, which was left in a car for six hours on a hot day.
The incident has led to claims of a cover-up by the RSPCA, which pursues other dog owners who leave their pets trapped in sweltering conditions, and the vets’ governing body, which failed to take disciplinary action.
Both organisations have been accused of being too lenient – one even said the case was a “tragic accident” – to protect the career of Alex Gough, 37, from Clutton in Somerset.
It comes at the end of a week in which at least 10 dogs died after they were left in vehicles during a heatwave. In Nottinghamshire two police dogs were killed after their handler left them in a car as temperatures reached 28C outside.
Gough’s two labradors, Heidi and Rory, had to be given emergency treatment after they were rescued from the vet’s car in May 2007. Rory, a nine-month-old male, could not be saved.
At the time Damien Bush, Gough’s business partner and fellow vet, urged his colleague to report the incident to the RSPCA and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), which can discipline members for acts of misconduct.
Bush was surprised by the approach taken by both bodies. “An RSPCA official said to me, ‘If he comes to us and expresses remorse, then he may get off with a caution. To be honest, we don’t want to be seen to be going after vets because we rely on vets for goodwill’,” he said. “[Gough] then reported it to the RSPCA, which conducted a very discreet investigation. He was cautioned and it was all forgotten about,” added Bush, who fell out with Gough over the case. Gough has since moved to another practice.
The RCVS took no action against Gough because it decided that he had done nothing wrong.
Following Bush’s inquiry about the case, an official at the college wrote: “The weather was overcast, the car windows were left open and a bowl of water left for the dogs; a check was made during the morning.
“In general terms it would seem [Gough] cared for his animals appropriately and this incident should be seen as a tragic accident rather than anything else.”
In April the RCVS told a solicitor acting for Bush that “there has been no cover-up”.
“At no stage has it been asserted that Mr Gough intended to cause his animals to suffer, and to that extent what happened was an accident, nor has it been suggested that Mr Gough was generally anything other than caring towards animals,” wrote Jane Hern, the RCVS registrar.
The RSPCA has consistently urged owners never to leave dogs in their vehicles. They say that opening a window or providing a bowl of water inside a car is not sufficient to stop animals overheating. Those who are prosecuted and found guilty of allowing their dogs to suffer face a maximum penalty of six months in jail or a £20,000 fine.
The RSPCA insisted it showed “neither fear nor favour” in dealing with such cases. A spokesman said the Gough case was “treated like any other case”. He said punishments could vary from a caution to a full prosecution, but if someone admitted guilt and showed remorse it might lead to leniency.
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Post  Trilby Bee on Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:25 pm

If he cared for his dogs 'appropriately' one would surely not have died of dehydration. A 'tragic accident'? Thye case could not have got him very good publicity in his chosen profession...I certainly wouldn't use a vet whose dog had died in an overheated car...wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him...was he just thick or what?. You have to wonder why he was not taken to court...wonder if he made a generous donation? And I do recall the police dog handler whose two (police) dogs died as he left them in the car and forgot about them. It was his second offence...a previous dog had met the same fate a couple of years earlier. I seem to recall he was not booted out of the police and not banned from keeping or working with dogs. His wife was a breeder (or trainer) of dogs so he would be in contact with them every day. The whole system sucks. I'd have thought the vet tho' should have had a severe reprimand from the RCVS.
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charges that should have been brought

Post  millie1* on Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:25 am

Being kept in "unsuitable conditions" as the RSPCA use against us could easily have been brought especially since section 9 of the AWA 2006 only has to prove 'likely to suffer if their circumstances did not change' - they did not change and the animals suffered (a section 4 offence) to the extent one died. This vet should be hung out to dry like the rest of their victims
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