A New York veterinarian has been charged with hitting and kicking pets in his care.
(WXIN) — WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. Police and an ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Unit arrested a veterinarian suspected of many counts of animal cruelty and violence in New York state on Saturday.
Javier Diaz, the proprietor of Main Street Animal Hospital in Elmsford, has been accused of violently abusing animals at his clinic on six separate occasions.
Diaz allegedly kicked a three-legged senior German shepherd in the chest and twisted and pulled the dog's ear so hard that it screamed repeatedly, according to a Facebook post from the SPCA Westchester.
According to the article, the veterinarian then kicked the dog in the jaw again, causing the shepherd to jerk its head back. A veterinary assistant who was holding the dog in position was struck in the face by the dog's head, resulting in a bloodied nose.
Diaz also allegedly slashed the gums and palate of a two-month-old kitten after pushing a dog nail clipper into its mouth, according to the SPCA Westchester.
Diaz is also accused of jabbing a Shiba Inu in the ribs with a nail clipper and twisting its paw, as well as hitting a Chihuahua to make it stop whimpering, choking a Shih Tzu almost to unconsciousness, and jabbing a Labrador retriever in the ribs with a nail clipper and twisting its paw.
Diaz was still listed as a staff member on the website of Main Street Animal Hospital as of Monday.
According to the Yonkers Times, he was also charged with forgery for giving a pet owner a certificate of rabies vaccination and billing for the vaccine without actually administering a shot.