A 49-year-old veterinarian from Leeds, West Yorkshire has been banned from practicing medicine for life after 24 dogs and eight cats were left to starve in a dark and disgusting basement at his home.
According to the Express, Gary Samuel, DVM, and his assistant and partner Rochelle McEwan, 28, were found guilty during their trial in 2016 after police found 12 huskies in cages in a “secret dungeon” where the vet lived part time – the entrance hidden by a trap door under carpeting. One cat and one dog had to be euthanized because of their condition. During the investigation, a table had been set up with a dirty towel covering surgical instruments.
At the trial, officials testified to the egregious conditions.
“As they [investigators] moved onwards, they found cages, two of them occupied by husky-type puppies. They did not appear to have any water or bedding. An officer opened a chest freezer and discovered meat that appeared to be off.”
The animals had been kept in the basement with no natural life for nearly two months. The area reeked of urine and feces odors. Police found Dr. Samuel in his bedroom on his computer, and when they asked him about the animals, Samuel stated they belonged to McEwan who he contended collected the animals and never fed them.
Both Samuel and McEwan were found guilty of six animal cruelty offenses. Samuel was given a 12-week suspended sentence; McEwan was banned from keeping pets for life. On Thursday, the disciplinary committee for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons banned Samuel for life from ever practicing medicine on animals again.
Most of the animals have since been adopted.
(Photos of dogs found in banned vet’s home via screenshots Express)
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