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Press-Telegram Long Beach, CA
WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2000
Suit says vets did not keep
couple came all the way
to O.C. for pacemaker
By Joe Segura
Another court ruling has gone against a Fountain Valley
Over the past few years, a
string of pet owners have contested their bills for
medical treatment given at All
Care Animal Referral Center,
18440 Amistad St. Barbara and Barry Hayslett asserted that their pet dog, Alex,
did not receive medical attention
in a timely manner, alleging that there were repeated delays in providing a
they alleged, led to the canine's death.
The Bakersfield couple filed a complaint in Small Claim's
Court seeking 3,607, asserting gross negligence in treatment and care caused the
Dr. Robert Rooks declined comment Monday, according to a staffer. However, court records show that the business manager
countered that proper services were provided. The judge ruled in favor of the Haysletts, awarding them
$3,507, court records show.
There have been a number of other cases involving charges that
animals died due to inadequate treatment. Among the other cases:
Marc Bluestone of Sherman Oaks, in a recent filing, asserted
that the veterinarian clinic incorrectly diagnosed the ailment of his female pet
dog, Shane, alleging that gross negligence in treatment caused extreme injuries
and eventually death. The staffers, he asserted, "failed to advise and
warn" him of the possible consequences and dangers involved in applying the
Bluestone, who originally filed for damages in Small Claims Court, has filed in Orange County Superior Court on Jan. 11.
Marilyn Ballard of Laguna Beach also complained of
unauthorized surgery on her cat 'Squad Car' on Dec. 23, 1996. Court records show
that All Care sued her in Small Claims Court for $979 in unpaid services
provided. The court sided with her on March 12, 1998.