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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.