April 19, 2014

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Brunswick vet to surrender license

A Brunswick veterinarian has agreed to turn in her license because of complaints that she improperly euthanized a cat and a dog in March.

An agreement with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, released Wednesday, said Dr. Beatrice Turk, who practices at Countryside Animal Hospital, 2909 Center Road, was asked to surrender her license to practice veterinary medicine within 30 days.

The agreement, which stemmed from three complaints from pet owners, states Turk could be subject to criminal prosecution if she continues to practice veterinary medicine after the deadline.

Honey Pot, a Pomeranian owned by Andrea Stockle of Medina, was not sedated before being euthanized by Dr. Beatrice Turk, a Brunswick veterinarian. Turk has been asked to turn in her license to practice by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

One complaint alleges that on March 17 a cat named Bobbie was euthanized without proper sedation.

The board looked at medical records of the cat’s care and found that Bobbie was not sedated properly before being administered a “cardiac stick” for euthanasia.

The procedure involves an injection directly into the heart.

Amy Havranek, a 38-year-old Medina resident and Bobbie’s owner, said Turk injected her 17-year-old cat twice without sedating him.

“It’s not like it was a minute or two,” she said. “He was laying in agonizing pain for 10 minutes. … She stabbed him straight in the heart. I almost passed out, I couldn’t speak.”

The board received a similar complaint about the euthanasia of a Pomeranian named Honey Pot on March 21.

The dog’s owner, Andrea Stockle, 41, of Medina, said she knew Havranek from working at the same pet rescue. She said she would not have known the procedure was problematic without talking to her.

“She winced when she put the needle in her chest,” she said of Honey Pot, who was a rescue between 12 and 14 years old.

Stockle said she was happy with the board’s decision.

“Today is the happiest day that I’ve ever had since it happened,” she said.

As a result of another complaint, the board cautioned against using two drugs together for a dog named Bailey that was treated in February.

Stephanie Moore, executive director of the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has said that cardiac sticks can be used for euthanasia but the animal must be sedated first.

“It can be painful, so it’s only to be done if the animal is completely anesthetized,” she said.

This is not the first time Turk has been disciplined by the board.

In December 2011, Turk was fined $1,500 plus the cost of an investigation and suspended from practicing for two weeks. She also was required to submit to an unannounced facility inspection.

In February 2010, she was suspended for three months and received a letter of reprimand and a $1,000 fine, according to board records, after she was found to have improperly sutured the bladder of a Yorkshire terrier, and released it to its owner when the dog could not walk because of the effects of anesthesia.

Turk did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

  • SHerri Hess

    About time! I took her to court in 2001 because she almost killed my 2.5-year-old Sheltie named Rascal. Told me to give him allergy meds 3 times a day for over a period of 2.5 years. Only it wasn’t allergy meds, it was STEROIDS! My baby could no longer walk and get around. I took him to the emergency hospital one weekend because he couldn’t stand up, and that’s when I found out she was giving me the wrong meds! I used to walk him in a stroller for his walks, because he couldn’t walk anymore. Thank God I found Dr. Dresser. She nursed him back to somewhat healthy, and I had him for another 10 years. Although, he still could hardly walk. Because of my actions, she had her licensed suspended, and she had to close up shop and pay a hefty fine! Unfortunately, she didn’t get her license revoked at that time. The vet board really dropped the ball with her. She should have lost her license years ago. After 3 disciplinary actions, they are supposed to lose it, but she had at least 6! Good work Amy and Christina, two more women who suffered at the hands of this incompetent “Dr.”!

  • UNCfan

    Dr. Turk is sadistic. The veterinary board did exactly the right thing in revoking her license to practice veterinary medicine.

  • Justice served

    I am happy too. She euthanized my cat with a cardiac stick and like the other person she had to do it twice. Mt cat was screaming and I couldn’t stop crying. I asked her if this was normal and she said yes. Not until afterwards when I was talking to a friend that was vet did I know that the cat should have been sedated. It was a horrible ending for a cat I had for 15 years and was the sweetest.

  • Beth Sheehan

    Ohio, there is a long history of complaints (unsanitary conditions, expired medicines, improper record keeping, inhumane treatment of animals, etc.) and Board approved violations with sanctions (letters of reprimand, fines, suspension of Ohio veterinary license) for Dr. Bea Turk of Brunswick, Ohio. nnhttp://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/crime/ nnThere is another, eye opening story for Ohio pet owners. How was Dr. Turk able to continue practicing veterinary medicine in the state of Ohio with such a long list of years of severe complaints and sanctions? What state agency is charged with assuring the standard of care of veterinary medicine and the competency of its veterinarians? What state agency reissued Dr. Bea Turk a license every two years to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Ohio, even though the complaints, violations, and sanctions were passing through its monthly Board meetings?nnThe Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. nnIt is the OVMLB that is both the agency that approves the renewal of veterinary licenses every two years and stands behind the standard of care of Ohio veterinarians. nOhio, who was checking on Dr. Bea Turk in Brunswick, Ohio to make sure that she wasn’t using expired medicines, was treating the animals with the correct Ohio standard of care of veterinary medicine, was using appropriate protocols in her treatment of the animals, was keeping accurate medical records, had equipment that was up to date and functioning? Which state agency that issued the Ohio license every second year that was posted on the vet office wall was coming unannounced to Countryside Animal Hospital to keep the Ohio animals and pet owners safe from malpractice? nnAlmost no one came. nnHow can this be? The Board of Health is not charged with inspecting a vet hospital. So, the Board of Health never goes. The Vet Board, which reissued a license to Dr. Turk every two years, only went to twelve animal hospitals last year. nnIn addition, by 1992 law the Vet Board must give 5 days written notice that it is sending an inspector to a vet hospital. Wouldn’t any of us enjoy a five-day advance notice that our supervisor were going to come to inspect because of a complaint? The normal operations and conditions of the workplace are not likely going to be observed under these conditions. nnThen, Ohio, who is checking on your pet’s vet? – Sadly, no one. nnThis is an outrage! nnPlease sign my petition to improve Ohio, veterinary oversight. I have about 1,000 signatures right now. nnhttp://www.change.org/petitions/who-s-watching-ohio-s-vets-ask-ohio-governor-kasich-who-s-watching-your-pet-s-vet nnThen contact your state senator and state legislator and ask for an investigation into why the Ohio Vet Board, the oversight agency of veterinarians, allowed Dr. Bea Turk in Brunswick, Ohio to continue practicing veterinary medicine. nnIs there a Dr. Bea Turk in your neighborhood?

  • Tammy

    Stephanie Moore, who was quoted in this article and the current Executive Director of the Medina Spca, was arrested in 2009 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. At the time, she was the Executive Director of the Jefferson County Spca. She was arrested for euthinizing (sp) without a license. The case was dropped because she agreed to the plea of $1,500 and time away from animals. She also has theft charges against her, court records are available. Stephanie Moore is not a person who I would get a quote from.

  • interested guest

    “The veterinary board did exactly the right thing in revoking her license to practice veterinary medicine.”nnUNCfan, The board did not “revoke” her license. They gave her the opportunity to relinquish it. The meeting minutes posted on the OVMLB website state she cannot practice “in Ohio” where the board will refuse to renew her licensure. With this Board, you have to parse every word. The agreement further states:nn8. The terms, limitations and conditions of the Consent Agreement may be modified or terminated in writing at any time upon the agreement of both Dr. Turk and the Board.nnAnd who’s going to tell the public about it?