Saturday January 4, 2003

Animal hospital faces charges

The California Veterinary Medical Board has filed additional charges of negligence and deceit against All Care Animal Referral Center in Fountain Valley. In a complaint filed Oct. 25, the board says All Care Director Robert Rooks lied about the qualifications of his staff, kept faulty records of surgical procedures and subjected a dog with leg pain to unnecessary spinal surgery. Rooks' attorney said the allegations, like earlier charges filed in 2001, lack merit and largely come from disgruntled former employees. A San Diego judge is expected to rule on the case after hearings in April.

- Jim Hinch

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