Laser declawing - Photo copyright http://www.marvistavet.com
This is an extraordinary story of a Korean/American veterinarian who was found to have been practicing a declawing operation using newly acquired laser equipment on a cat that was at the clinic to be euthasized.
The vet, Byoung Hah at Angels Care Animal Hospital in Upland and Pomona, had recommended to the cat's caretaker that Sachi, her cat be euthanised. That was on 29th October 2007.
Mr Hah, in violation of common decency and morality and against normal practices, decided to declaw Sachi using laser declawing equipment that had been newly acquired. Obviously there was no instruction to do this nor was there a reason to do it.
I can only suppose as referred to in the title that Hah had decided to take the opportunity to practice a declawing operation using the new equipment with which he was probably unfamiliar.
Sachi was an ideal subject as even if he screwed up it would not matter because the cat was going to be killed anyway. He did not inform the client - the cat's caretaker.
It appears that he cut the cat as there were cuts on the eye and abdomen. We have a fellow hospital employee to thank for providing evidence of this grisly and grossly indecent behavior.
Mr Hah was also in violation of other elements of a vet's code of practice and was struck off.
He has returned to Korea to teach! The new vet who has replaced Mr Hah has rectified the problems.
This is the original article: Upland vet's license revoked
The original story does not spell out what I think was happening but common sense dictates that my presumption that he was practicing using new laser equipment on a cat destined for death must be the most obvious deduction.
Do you think other vets have done similar things?