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Family Loses 2 Dogs, Claims Veterinary Malpractice

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by Nick Beres

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A Clarksville family has filed an official complaint with the state alleging malpractice on behalf of their veterinarian.

Sarah George said she brought her two Great Danes to the Hillside Veterinary Clinic to be spayed and neutered.

"The next morning I called to go pick them up and the vet said there was a problem.  They were dead," said George.

"I mean I knew something wasn't right. You don't take two perfectly healthy dogs to the vet to get a simple surgery done and they both die," said George's husband, John.

The family said veterinarian Katherine Nix could not explain what happened.  So, they took the bodies of both dogs to another veterinarian for an autopsy.

"Fortunately my clients had the forethought to have an autopsy done on their dogs. Most people if this happened to them would be just so devastated they wouldn't think to do that," said Carrie Gasaway, the George's attorney.

The autopsy report states:  Both animals had severe hemorrhaging.

In the male there "... was the lost of suture integrity ... the end of the left testicular artery lacked a suture."

In the female "... increased hemorrhage around the kidneys and the site where the ovary was removed would suggest trauma to the area."

"The two poor, beautiful animals sat there alone and bled to death in this veterinary clinic," said Gasaway.

Dr. Nix declined to comment for this story other than to say the case is now in the hands of her insurance company. Nix continues to operate the clinic treating and caring for animals. 

The George family filed a formal complaint with the Tennessee Department of Health.  State officials cannot comment on the status of active investigations.  The family is also considering a civil lawsuit against the veterinary clinic.


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