NEWS AND COMMENT: This is sheer horror. It is gut wrenching and it makes my heart race. I have to comment on it. This is not just about news. Although the news about this act of gross abuse by a veterinarian on an elderly cat (about 19 years old) is emerging on news media websites. It concerns Dr Richard Timothy Logan at Andrews Avenue Animal Hospital in Ozark. It is a stark breach of trust by a terrorist medic in a cold consulting room where the cat is vulnerable.
There is a video online on Facebook at the moment. I do not expect this video to be on the Facebook website for much longer because it’s presence is in breach of Facebook policy, as I understand their policy. Nonetheless I’m providing a link to it if you have strong enough stomach to look at it. I cannot look at it without shaking. I have simply looked at about five seconds of it, perhaps a bit more to allow me to make a couple of screenshots which you can see below.
WARNING IT IS HORRIBLE – This is the link to the page: https://www.facebook.com/100065683333019/videos/105759451623499/
Here is a link to a YouTube version which will also disappear please note:
Dr. Logan is clearly abusing this cat in a most horrendous way. His lawyer has been instructed to file a lawsuit against anyone and everyone who has smeared his reputation on Facebook and other social media sites. His lawyer says that people are destroying the veterinarian’s good reputation.
How did he come to get a good reputation if he treats animals like this? It’s a laugh. This is not a question about an allegation of animal abuse by a veterinarian. It is all on record on video. A lot of people have seen it. Unfortunately I can’t download the video to my computer to save it.
Apparently, and it has to be said, there are also still photographs of this particular calico cat on Facebook showing a bloodied face. It is said that the injuries that caused the blood were not a consequence of the abuse meted out by Dr Richard Timothy Logan. They happened prior to the video being made. I don’t know if this is true. If he punched the cat I’d expect a bloodied face. The person whose posted these words on FB would agree:
“This is a anonymous post. This will be concerning the abuse and trauma of the 90% of animals that come through Andrew’s ave animal hospital. What happens behind closed doors, does not mean it is okay!! The people of ozark need to know what is happening!!!!”
It’s reported that the video shows Logan punching the cat, slamming the cat’s head into the exam room table. In the bit of the video that I have seen he forcefully holds the cat by the scruff and sticks what appears to be a sharp object into the cat to try and keep the mouth open. The cat complains bitterly and strikes out. This no doubt made the veterinarian more angry and more abusive. He whole demeanour is one of a person highly unsuited to being a veterinarian. He must hate cats.
It is reported that the cat survived and is improving with their owner. Logan has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. The video has outraged people in Ozark. Protesters had gathered outside the hospital demanding action which appears to have led to the arrest. They want him to lose his licence. They argue, rightly, that all veterinarian should love animals and if not they should choose a different profession.
A big question for me is who did the filming? Why did Dr Logan allow his behaviour to be filmed? Perhaps it was secretly filmed. That would appear to be the more logical deduction. It must have been an insider, a whistleblower. Is so we salute you.
Logan’s attorney says that he’s been misjudged. He said that, “He is a good veterinarian and people are destroying this man’s reputation”. If he is convicted he will not face a prison sentence I am told. However, if and when the Alabama Veterinary Medical Examiner’s Board examine his behaviour they might revoke his licence.