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Dog Had To Be Euthanized After 7 Days At Deplorable Veterinary Hospital

Published: June 26, 2021 at 05:25 AM Author: Penny Eims

Taylor, Texas – A Texas veterinarian is facing a charge of animal cruelty after a dog had to be euthanized following a seven-day boarding at her animal hospital. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office identifies the owner of the Wellness Veterinary Hospital as Dr. Dana R. Boehm.

The dog who suffered and died is a five-year-old bulldog named Jax, who went into the veterinary hospital as a healthy dog and emerged a week later covered in urine and unable to walk.

Please sign the petition today to help us get the maximum sentence for Dr. Boehm and the revocation of her veterinary license!

Before Jax was left at the Wellness Veterinary Hospital on March 13, he was a healthy, uninjured dog. Investigators with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office were able to confirm this by watching surveillance video taken at Jax’s home on the same day; the footage revealed a healthy, mobile dog.

By the time that Jax’s owners picked him up on March 20, he was in dismal condition, unable to walk and covered in wounds and urine. The sheriff’s office detailed the dog’s injuries in a report:

  • Four holes in the dog’s hind leg and two holes the size of a quarter between the dog’s foot and hip.
  • Jax’s skin was noted as completely missing in some areas and exposing either bone, ligaments and or tendons.
  • A hole was observed on the dog’s leg about the size of a dime.
  • Photos showed what appeared to be another hind limb with a hole the size of a quarter in it and other injuries.

When detectives investigated the veterinary hospital, they found troubling conditions, including:

  • Unclean, unhealthy conditions in the areas Jax would have been kept and had access.
  • Strong, foul odors, feces, urine puddles, urine-soaked clothing, uncapped used syringes, and loose medications.
  • Animals being kenneled and boarded in these conditions, as well as a lack of food and water.

Another veterinary clinic determined that Jax had to be euthanized because he was in such poor condition.

The investigation resulted in a warrant for Dr. Dana R. Boehm’s arrest on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.

The following are excerpts from the American Veterinary Medical Association Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics:

  • A veterinarian may choose whom he will serve. Once he has undertaken care of a patient he must not neglect him.
  • The veterinary profession should safeguard the public and itself against veterinarians deficient in moral character or professional competence.
    Veterinarians should observe all laws, uphold the honor and dignity of the profession, and accept its self-imposed discipline.

Did Dr. Dana Boehm uphold the veterinary code of ethics? Or did she fail by allowing Jax to be neglected so badly that he had to be put down?

We need your support to ensure that Dr. Boehm receives the maximum punishment for her animal cruelty charge. We also feel that she has failed to fulfill the code of ethics upon which her profession operates.

If she is found guilty of her charge, we want to see her veterinary license revoked – what happened to Jax can never happen to another animal!

Petition Letter

Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

We also found more information and another VERY surprising allegation against Dr. Dana Boehm.

You can read more at these links:

Austin Chronicle (IRS scandal)

Austin Chronicle (Allegations of neglect at shelter where Boehm was the interim director)

News:

MSN News

Taylor Press

Fox 7 Austin

KVUE News

Animal-Protection-Laws-of-Texas-2020-Animal-Legal-Defense-Fund

Update 4/27/2022: Animal Victory has learned that Discovery 1st (1:30 PM) has been reset by the court to 06/07/2022.

Update 3/14/2022: Animal Victory has learned that there is a Status Hearing scheduled on 04/14/2022 (Judicial Officer Hallford, Brandy)

Update 01/5/2021: There is no future court date set as of yet. Mariel Puryear, Trial Director with the criminal Division has our petition and has reassured us that their office is taking this animal welfare issue very seriously. Please continue to sign the petition as we will collect signatures up until sentencing.

Update 8/5/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the next court date is scheduled for 10/21/2021 at 2:30 p.m., it is an announcement docket. 

Update 7/27/2021 – The county attorney’s office has informed Animal Victory that Mariel Puryear is the prosecutor for this case.

Update 6/28/2021 – Animal Victory has learned that her arraignment is scheduled for July 30, at 9:00 a.m.

PRIOR SIGNATURES : 14922

Dog Had To Be Euthanized After 7 Days At Deplorable Veterinary Hospital

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PETITION SIGNATURES:
14,194 DeAnn Hill Jun 30, 2022
14,193 Leesa Napier Jun 28, 2022
14,192 Susan Walsh Jun 18, 2022
14,191 Mette Madsen Jun 17, 2022
14,190 Ingrid Merbis Jun 17, 2022
14,189 George Heppel Jun 16, 2022
14,188 Debbie Mccollum Jun 12, 2022
14,187 Laura Huntly Jun 06, 2022
14,186 Karin Heusel Jun 02, 2022
14,185Anonymous Jun 02, 2022
14,184 Sara Sampkin May 29, 2022
14,183 Janice VanMarter May 29, 2022
14,182Anonymous May 25, 2022
14,181 Jennifer Piotrowski May 22, 2022
14,180 Cindy Tramaglino May 20, 2022
14,179 Melissa Ruppert May 16, 2022
14,178 Marion Friedl May 15, 2022
14,177 Alessia Di Buono May 14, 2022
14,176 Ozzy Silva This is terrible and should never be allowed to happen again. Dr Dana should have her license permanently revoked. May 14, 2022
14,175 becky moroney May 13, 2022
14,174 Ava Fox May 06, 2022
14,173 Angela Dennis May 05, 2022
14,172 Julie Lange This should be more serious than a misdemeanor charge. She should loose her dvm license and her establishment & practice. This is unexcusable ! May 05, 2022
14,171 Tricia Gibson May 02, 2022
14,170 Mitra Pejman Apr 29, 2022
14,169 Mary Channell Apr 22, 2022
14,168 Patti Molero Apr 20, 2022
14,167 Roslyn Pollinger Apr 20, 2022
14,166 Raymond Moore Apr 20, 2022
14,165 Deb Ve I hope they have taken her vet license away forever, she should never have any animal in her care ever again, nor should she be allowed to own any pets ... Apr 19, 2022

 

PRIOR SIGNATURES : 14922