Baltimore veterinarian guilty of animal cruelty loses his license

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A Baltimore veterinarian, who practiced at the Boston Street Animal Clinic, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was forced to surrender his license on Tuesday, according to the Baltimore’s state attorney’s office.

On December 12, Gregory Burbelo, 57, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, aggravated animal cruelty and witness intimidation. Police reported on November 20, they responded to alleged animal cruelty complaints committed by 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.

On January 12, Burbelo pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated animal cruelty and inhibiting the testimony of a witness. The Baltimore Sun reports Burbelo received a five-year suspended sentence, three years probation, and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.

“It is unconscionable to think that a licensed professional, sworn to provide medical attention to animals would attack them,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement. “Animals have no way of defending themselves from these types of attacks. Fortunately, the employees at this animal hospital were a voice for the voiceless — capturing evidence and reporting these criminal acts — which resulted in the defendant being barred from owning new pets, interacting with animals, and practicing veterinary medicine.”

Burbelo’s attorney stated his client has suffered multiple heart attacks which left him with a short fuse. Fortunately, none of the dogs needed any medical treatment as the result of the veterinarian’s abuse.

The judge also prohibited the veterinarian from contacting any witnesses at the trial nor can he acquire any pets. Burbelo must also undergo mental health and drug and alcohol screening and treatment.

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10 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Find another profession like garbage collecting. Maybe that is what he is best at doing. Don’t want to insult any sanitation workers, but the skill to do that work is not quite the same as a vet.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Of course his “Attorney” is making excuses for him. He isn’t fit to be around pets and I don’t think it’s because he has had several heart attacks! I’m glad his license has been taken away and I hope and pray this cretin is never allowed near pets again!

  3. Red says:

    I do not care how many heart attacks, strokes, episodes this doctor has had……HE WAS A VET TO HELP….CURE….HEAL…….NOT inflict pain!
    Idiot!! Thank you so very much to his staff for reporting this monster! I do not feel $5,000 and loss of license is much punishment…but better than nothing.

  4. willie hines says:

    How could a lienced vet do such a thing as to abuse animals he swore to care for ,Maybe his bottle of jack daniels ran dry or his crack pipe broke no matter the excuse garbage man needs a taste of prison life with the homies . REMEMBER DONT DROP THE SOAP. and please do something with dat hair due looks like the crack of my ass . animal abuser

  5. Marni says:

    “Burbelo’s attorney stated his client has suffered multiple heart attacks which left him with a short fuse. Fortunately, none of the dogs needed any medical treatment as the result of the veterinarian’s abuse.”

    Are you kidding??????? No when someone has a heart attack they are thankful for having life. Heart attacks do not bring on abuse. The lawyers is just as disgusting as this ex vet.

  6. Gizmos Mommy says:

    This SOS should have the shit kicked out its maggot invested ass. Give me 5 minutes and I’ll show that barbarian what it feels like to be abused. No wait – I’ll settle for 3 minutes.

  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    This old hunk of garbage is no veterinarian and his lawyer can make all the excuses he wants – Burbelo is just a low life scum animal abuser – don’t care how many heart attacks he had – only hope the next one is FATAL. His nasty ass should be sitting in prison where HE can become the victim of predatory inmates – BUT no-o-o – this is just another example of the lousy justice system regarding animal abuse – NOTHING DONE!


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