A Baltimore veterinarian practicing at the Boston Street Animal Clinic faces several charges of animal cruelty after an investigation of several related complaints. On December 12, Gregory Burbelo, 57, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, aggravated animal cruelty and witness intimidation.
According to the Baltimore Sun, on November 20, police responded to alleged animal cruelty complaints committed by Gregory Burbelo while working at the animal hospital. Investigators say videos were made available showing the vet hitting dogs with his hands or using a clipboard on three different occasions during the month.
Burbelo’s attorney stated his client had been having health problems which led to additional stress making him “very short tempered.” None of the animals were reportedly harmed. In the first incident, the vet struck a dog in the hospital with his hands. In the second reported act, he used his clipboard to hit another dog. The third incident happened in late October when a dog was also attacked while under the Baltimore veterinarian’s care in the hospital.
In addition to the animal cruelty charges, he also has been accused of threatening several employees if they reported the attacks.
Burbelo no longer works at the hospital.
(Photo of Baltimore veterinarian arrested via booking photo)
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