Dr. Marc Katz of Kindness Animal Hospital in Maryland was found in Violation of the Veterinary Practice Act in the Case of Toonces. In honor and memory of Toonces, we at the Toonces Project warn you never to blindly trust a veterinarian.
Toonces died on June 22, 2006, at home in my arms, after 2 years of living with the devastating brain damage from which he had suffered since his weekend at Kindness Animal Hospital. What happened to Toonces was just the beginning of an eye-opening experience the led to the start of this site. As I connected with bereaved guardians all over the country, my eyes were opened about the real problem of negligent, incompetent, dishonest, and yes -- even abusive -- vets. For individuals who believe their pets have become victims of veterinary malfeasance, malpractice, negligence, or abuse . . .
We at the Toonces Project vow to:
Offer assistance researching standard of care issues, applicable laws and regulations
Provide moral support and writing assistance
Collect and make available public information on veterinarians' discipline records
Make common cause with activists nationwide who are taking up the charge to serve as a "watchdog" over a system which often fails to live up to its mission to protect pets -- by tracking and making available information on State Board action and inaction!
Join in the fight for legal recognition of our pets' value -- including the fight for a special classification as "sentient" property. While we'd like to ultimately see the law evolved beyond even this, this would be a step in the right direction. An informative article on the sentient property concept can be found here: http://www.animallegalreports.com/press.asp
Do you believe that your pet has been harmed by negligence, substandard care, or malpractice? Write us today at firstname.lastname@example.org
--- Stefani Olsen