Published On: Mon, Sep 24th, 2012

Mixup at the vets office results in a cat going from a flea bath to euthanasia

A mix-up at a vet leaves a Massachusetts with a dead cat after the animal was scheduled for a flea bath.

Photo/Femke Jenkins Photography

A Massachusetts woman, Colleen Conlon, attributes the accident to negligence by the vet, Muhammad Malik. The vet’s lawyer says people should wait until all the facts come out before passing judgment.

Evidently, Conlon’s son, Jesse, took the cat (named Lady) to the office, but the paperwork was mixed up and he authorized the vet to put the cat to sleep.

Broadway Animal Hospital asked Jesse when he returned to the vet’s office if he wanted to keep the body.

“At first he thought it was some cruel joke,” Conlon told the Telegram & Gazette newspaper.

Conlon said she has filed a complaint with the state attorney general’s office and plans to talk with state licensing officials.

“I don’t think there was any malicious intent, but I do think it was negligent,” Conlon said. “I’m sure there are standards of practice they have to follow.”
Conlon’s daughter had given her the cat about a year before she was killed in a car accident in 2010.
Malik’s lawyer, Michael Sheridan, said Malik is well-respected and has saved many animals’ lives during his 30 years as a veterinarian.
“He’s treated thousands of animals, keeping them healthy and strong,” Sheridan said.
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