Veterinarian found guilty of animal cruelty

Veterinarian found guilty of animal cruelty

A jury has found a Florida veterinarian guilty of animal cruelty. As reported by multiple sources, Gail Nichols, a Lakeland veterinarian, could face up to five years in prison for her mistreatment of several miniature horses; three were in such poor condition that they had to be euthanized.

Nichols claimed that her horses were born with deformed hooves that could not be treated, but veterinarians who examined them believe that the issues could have been avoided with care. Nichols also alleged that the horses in her care were not in any pain, but one of the horses actually had bone dissolving in its leg, reports The Ledger.

In 2017, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies visited Nichols’ property after receiving a tip – a total of 28 miniature horses, two full-sized horses, eight dogs and two birds were seized from Nichols and her husband, Paul Smith.

Nichols will be sentenced on June 21 – her husband is also charged and will go to trial at a later date.

(Booking photo of Nichols/WFLA and screenshot of hooves via the Ledger)

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3 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    These POSs have reserved places in Hell where they will burn forever for their cruelty…….

    We have horses and our farrier cares for their hooves every 8 weeks, no matter the season, weather…….. we also do their deworming at the same time. There is NO EXCUSE for neglect, especially from a professional veterinarian………

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  2. Jan Barnes says:

    Just what we need–vets who MURDER! I would seriously bet they have their own “very special place” in HELL!

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