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Wed, Nov 7 | By Matt Van Hoven | 619

A Gallatin, Tennessee vet is under fire for using a method of euthanization that many consider inhumane. Video from local WSMV 4 shows veterinarian Bill Baber using what is known is a heart shot – where the chemical used to end the a… more ›

Cruel and Unusual Euthanization
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Chris M.
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Chris M.
5 years ago

Take away his creds!

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PJ W.
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PJ W.
5 years ago

I just know I was told eons ago that if the vet does not administer the sedative run, don't walk to another vet. The emergency clinic by me uses 3 total. I think one is for the nauseau.
This is just barbaric and is yet another example of how backward this country is regarding its animals.

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Sheryl  S.
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Sheryl S.
5 years ago

I agree with you 100% This guy should be ostracized by his community!

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
5 years ago

All unnecessary euthanization is cruel and unusual, but this is monstrous. Any vet who does not have empathy for animals is a disgrace to his profession and Sumner County Executive Hank Thompson should be kicked out of office. A hateful hateful story.

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Sheryl  S.
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Sheryl S.
5 years ago

You expressed my sentiments perfectly!!!

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Vbspcablog
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Vbspcablog
6 years ago

This reeks of cronyism. Why the heck would the city continue to pay this guy who is using illegal euthanasia techniques when there were people who were willing to use humane methods for free? Anyone out in Tennesee should be out at his clinic protesting, or better yet burning it down while it's closed so he can't continue butchering animals.

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Susan
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Susan
6 years ago

Why in the world would a town make the decision to continue using this individual, especially when others were willing to donate their services for FREE? I hope there's been an election since this story originally appeared and the brainiacs have been replaced.

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sharon d.
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sharon d.
6 years ago

I noticed that this story is over a year old....I hope like heck that this guys isn't still "practicing" this method.!!!

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Carol L.
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Carol L.
6 years ago

I would not watch the video, reading the story was hard enough, this is sick and disgusting that a human and I use the word loosely, would have a job anywhere around animals. I would think anyone who had taken their dog to this horrible place would be disgusted , this place needs to be shut down and he should be punished for this horrific crime..

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Debby
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Debby
6 years ago

I can't believe they are still going to use him.. yeah they can tell him to change his methods but who is going to make sure he does.. he should not be in practice for any animals. I wouldn't watch the video.. I can't watch alot of those things it is bad enough reading about it. I feel so bad for those he put down having to suffer and be so scared.

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Toedtoad
6 years ago

I feel so sorry for these poor animals. It is sad enough that each animal has ended in THIS shelter for what ever reason it may be. To put them down like this is horrible, and inhumane! They all deserve to go as easy and pain free as possible and be treated with kindness if they have to be put down. It sounds like he is in it for the money he'll make, which is sad, sad. I wonder how he sleeps at night? I sure would not want him for my vet!!

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beverly y.
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beverly y.
6 years ago

the poor animals

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Ann H.
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Ann H.
6 years ago

How sad

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

The poor animals. It is bad enough they have to be euthanized at all, it should be done in the least painful way possible. THis man should not be allowed near animals.

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Hillbill
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Hillbill
6 years ago

this so sad I want them to go to prison for the rest of there lives

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Michelle G.
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Michelle G.
6 years ago

Okay, free and humane or $9 for each and inhumane? Hello?!

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Loveshorses
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Loveshorses
6 years ago

What is wrong with these county officials!!

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stephanie m.
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stephanie m.
6 years ago

ALMOST AS BAD AS NAZI'S! BY STAYING WITH BARBER, THE COUNTY IS JUST AS IRRESPONSIBLE- I KNOW IT IS A HORRIBLE WAY TO EUTHENIZE EVEN WHEN THEY ARE SEDATED-BUT THE VET MAY OFTEN NOT GET A VEIN TO BE ABLE TO ADMINISTER THE DRUG.
BUT THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO NOT SEDATE 1ST AND THERE SHOULD BE PUNISHMENT INVOLVED

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

How can we stop this?

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Wpras
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Wpras
6 years ago

Turn the needle around and stick it in his heart, see how he likes it! Sounds like a story from the dark ages!

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Adele P.
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Adele P.
6 years ago

Sad story.

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Fantasy
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Fantasy
6 years ago

Humane??? Yeah not so much

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Very sad.

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

If others have offered to do this free of charge why is the county staying with Baber? Is someone in the county getting a kickback?

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Lee W.
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Lee W.
6 years ago

He should have his license taken away. He has not heart, or soul.

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Wpras
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Wpras
6 years ago

How would you like a shot in the heart ??? No!! Well this is not right either! This is no humane, what about the welfare of animals???? What kind of sick people do this??

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Anne M.
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Anne M.
6 years ago

If people would SPAY AND NEUTER, then this guy would be out of a job euthanizing and would simply be giving vaccinations and rabies shots.

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Luvapup
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Luvapup
6 years ago

I totally agree with you. Until we can get the rest of the morons out there to be responsible pet owners, unfortunately this will be the ultimate end for too many pets.

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Rachel G.
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Rachel G.
6 years ago

Let me hit them in the heart with a needle and let them live and see how it feels.

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Rory  H.
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Rory H.
6 years ago

how could someone who's supposed to care for pets be so cruel to them in their last moments

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Tonycat
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Tonycat
6 years ago

Should have his license suspended, at the least.

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

how sickening

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Amy K.
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Amy K.
6 years ago

This is sick. How can anyone let this happen? He gets to keep his job as a vet and only has to pay fines. Once again the punsihment doesn't fit the crime.
These are the parts that really get me
"Sumner County Executive Hank Thompson, who hired Baber, said he doesn't blame the vet – Thompson says it's a reflection of the irresponsibility of the people who surrendered the animals in the first place. "
Blame everyone else for Barbers wrong doing!

"Others have volunteered to perform the euthanizations free of charge, but the county has decided to stay with Baber. "
How can the county back-up such a cruel person?
Thank God I don't live in this county.

Take them to a vet that lets you stay with your pet until the end.

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mary
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mary
6 years ago

Hank Thompson is as disgustingly guilty as Baber. Is he getting a payback under the table for keeping Baber on as the Vet? The entire town should demand both of their resignations for their cruel and inhumane acts of violence. Haven't those shelter animals been through enough in their short pitiful lives? The most humane method of euthanization is the injection into the vein, by a loving, caring person while being held by a loving, caring person. Their last few minutes on Earth should NOT be spent in extreme anxiety and being so scared. Damn, that's disgusting! What is "a reflection of the irresponsibility of the people who surrendered the animals in the first place". What a goof to make that statement! It's a reflection of the way the shelter is managed by Hank Thompson. He just doesn't want to take the blame for allowing the cruelty. He should step down.
He must be getting a kickback if he won't allow the other vets to perform the euthanasia for free don't you think?
It is sad that shelters have to do the dirty work of destroying the many, many unwanted animals. But to do it like Baber does is very sad indeed and horrific. There should be a law nationwide requiring all pet owners to spay/neuter their pets and NOT allow backyard breeders.
Since this happened 3 months ago, I wonder what is happening now and if those jerks were punished?

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Michelle M.
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Michelle M.
6 years ago

This is crazy. Why would he do something like this?

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Joni K.
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Joni K.
6 years ago

The people in this area should stop this procedure immediately. How cruel. Cost should not be a factor.

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Mybffmojo
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Mybffmojo
6 years ago

most people becomes vets because they care about animals, but this guy is euthanizing them in a disgusting and cruel way. he obviously cares more about the money than the animals

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Rootbeerbottle
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Rootbeerbottle
6 years ago

that is not even nice.

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

Baber is breaking the law. He should be fined and his license revoked. Thompson should be fined for knowing Baber's reason (More Money) and continuing to use him. Neither man has shown concern for the animals.

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Sheila R.
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Sheila R.
6 years ago

How sad. It is bad enough that they are being killed. Why would you want to do it in a way that is painful? Very sad.

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Fran S.
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Fran S.
6 years ago

Typical politicians... Why have it done correctly and humanelyand at no charge, I might add. When instead an animal can be euthanized without sedation. Having it done by a doctor in this manner is cruel...having the support of politicians is even crueler. I guess some people just don't have any hearts.

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Jodi R.
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Jodi R.
6 years ago

That is so backwards and cruel. No animal deserves that. How can officials condone this?

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Vicky
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Vicky
6 years ago

jerks. let's do that to them

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Tonycat
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Tonycat
6 years ago

Of course, it's about him making more money. He should get a HUGE fine.

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

he should definately be fined or they should fire him. what a terrible way for those poor animals to die. i would drive five extra hours to get to a vet where my animal wouldn't have to die that way. dispicable

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

What a disgrace to the veterinary profession.

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Charmedone92
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Charmedone92
6 years ago

The article is not here anymore, but I am assuming that these animals were tortured and killed. Shame onto all of those bad vets!!!

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

horrible!

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Tucker48
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Tucker48
6 years ago

Related to Vick?

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danielle t.
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danielle t.
6 years ago

OK IF MANY PEOPLE OFFERED TO EUTHANIZE THESE ANIMALS FOR FREE AND THEY REFUSED AND KEPT THIS MONSTER VET ON....ITS OBVIOULSY ANOTHER CASE OF CORRUPT LOCAL GOVERNMENT! SICKNING....SAME THING HAPPENS ALL OVER IN SHELTERS...THE PEOPLE THAT DELEGATE THE $ ARE ONLY GIVING TO PEOPLE THEY HAVE A BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH...NOT TO BETTER THE ANIMALS. JUST SICK.....I HATE HEARING THINGS LIKE THIS!

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PackLeader1
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PackLeader1
6 years ago

This has been in our local news for weeks. This vet. should be disbarred.

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PurplePoe
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PurplePoe
6 years ago

I'm speechless at this horrific and blatant disregard for life.

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Katrina  J.
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Katrina J.
6 years ago

Horrifying

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Dee
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Dee
6 years ago

This definitely needs to be ended now!

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