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Vet to keep his license after animal abuse, stealing pain meds

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Vet offers stem cell therapy to petsFERNDALE — A  veterinarian was put on probation earlier this month after the state’s vet board determined he used unnecessary force on animals, including pulling their tails and punching dogs, and stole medication meant for animals, the Bellingham Herald reports.

Veterinarian Peter Rule of the Glacierview Animal Hospital in Ferndale will get to keep his license, the state’s Veterinary Board of Governors ruled in September, the Herald reported.

Rule was under observation after three employees at the Glacierview Animal Hospital alleged he used unnecessary force on animals. Rule allegedly confessed to the allegations, as well as taking a painkiller usually prescribed to animals while practicing.

Two dogs died during routine operations at the animal hospital from 2005 to 2008, the Herald reported.

The board decided to let Rule keep his license if he underwent treatment for substance abuse, allowed two inspections of his practice per year, paid a $6,000 fine and agreed to other regulations.

Rule has been a licensed vet for more than 10 years. He also works as an EMT.

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4 comments

  • Jack RT

    WTF?! Treatment, sure, but allowed to continue "practicing" no freakin' way. Lost that right first time he abused an animal under his care. Sad and truly outrageous….Veterinary Board of Governors should be ashamed. Using addiction to excuse criminal behavior is flat wrong.

  • Dania Mial

    Since I am not allowed to voice my opinion on this on the Glacierview Animal Hospital's FB page – comments and this story link have all been deleted within moments of posting…..

    I hope for the best for the animals being treated there when this man ADMITTED "he used unnecessary force on animals, including pulling their tails and punching dogs, and stole medication meant for animals."

    THREE employees of Glacierview Animal Hospital reported these abuses – first hand witnesses.

    I DO NOT stand for animal abuse, and I will fight/petition to have this man removed.

  • Enid

    Give the guy a chance. If he was let go his drug addiction would just worsen and and if his license was taking away, he’d do worse stuff than this. He’d be arrested, not be able to work because of his background and have to steal to make a living.

    • Peter Rule

      You know ENID, in this particular instance, there are a number of people facing much more serious consequences down the road, unless they find a different path, and I’m praying for them that they will be “given a chance,” not to practice evil as you promote, but repent. “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.” Obviously, my own attitude needed some correction, and I hope someday to be like Joseph who could say, “Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.” Whether that moment comes in this life or the next remains to be seen, I know good will come of this. Yes, we are living in poverty now, but not unhappy. We have family, friends, and clients that support us.