Baltimore veterinarian charged with animal cruelty

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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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10 replies
  1. pennysdachshund says:

    What is our Country Coming to!!! Is this Vet self administering narcotics or has alcohol issues that has caused his demeanor …. This is simply horrible… of all professional people a Vet has to be a compassion and caring individual… he needs to lose his license forever!!!

  2. Adrienne says:

    You are a disgusting vet and should loose your license as well as be in jail. Threatening your employees not to tell shows you knew what you did was wrong but continued to do it. If you were under stress, then take a leave for a month and get yourself together. People we are suppose to trust with our pets.

  3. linda says:

    Health problems allow one to abuse animals? You fuckers! No excuse! I have health problems as do many pet owners and we don’t abuse animals!

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    Gregory Burbelo can stick his piss poor excuses right where the sun don’t shine. He has proven his inability and incompetence to handle himself and definitely needs his veterinarian license revoked permanently. He claims all this is due to ill health – total BS – he wasn’t too sick to collect his damn paycheck. He is a major embarrassment to all caring veterinarians and should never be allowed to go anywhere near an animal again. His picture should be posted in every animal hospital, shelter, and rescue in Maryland to ensure he is never hired again. Disgusting POS.

  5. Pamela Garlisch says:

    I realize there is no excuse for behaving like this with animals, but just to play devils advocate for a minute. The personality change could be caused by medications he was on if he had health problems. I have seen it with my own mother and my mother in law and that’s why I joined a company to get the word out to doctors regarding pharmacogenetic testing so doctors can see which medications a person can take and which they can’t. My mother in law actually bit a nurse which she would never do but the medication changed her. My mother hallucinated with the meds from her doctor. I know it’s still no excuse but…………..

    • Christine says:

      The investigation is recent but the abuse started many years ago. I dealt with him 8 years ago and heard then that he was cruel to animals and had ways to keep his staff quiet. I witnessed him hurt a cat but it wasn’t enough to prosecute. I’m trying to get the truth out there rather than what’s been reported so far. Hopefully everyone will hear more soon.

  6. red says:

    HOPEFULLY he will not be able to work anywhere else?!?!? I can not believe people who dislike animals get jobs WORKING with animals….. makes no sense!!


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