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Thu, Jan 10 | By Matt Van Hoven | 668

TENNESSEE – We first reported on the Gallatin, Tenn. vet who used the 'heart shot' method a few months ago. Since then an investigation by District Attorney Ray Whitley has found Dr. William Baber guilty on 12 misdemeanor counts, most… more ›

Vet Charged for Cruel Euth. Methods
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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

He should never be allowed near animals again.

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CMiller4
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CMiller4
5 years ago

I'm glad this guy was caught. I hope he doesn't practice again.

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Whickums
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Whickums
5 years ago

When you are inflicting pain onto your patients it's hardly 'humane' euthanasia. Any goon can figure that out. He needs to stop playing dumb here.

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Michele C.
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Michele C.
5 years ago

Cannot imagine this guy keeping his vet license at all. This guy should find a new profession, he definitely is NOT an animal person!

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HUMANE SOCIETY O.
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HUMANE SOCIETY O.
5 years ago

Sounds like he was trying to save a buck

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

you hit the nail on the head.

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Cindi K.
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Cindi K.
5 years ago

wouldn't let this vet touch my pets.......no way..........

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
5 years ago

How about no euthanasia EVER! I went with my Westie when he had to be put down. He was about 14 at the time and his best friend (our other dog) had been put down the year before because of numerous ailments. I always said the Westie died of a broken heart. Anyway, I digress..... One injection under the skin (don't remember what it was) and he went to sleep (died) peacefully. The vet was kind and compassionate.

This jerk, on the other hand, should have his license revoked because it is obvious he cares nothing for animals.

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Melissa P.
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Melissa P.
5 years ago

that's so sad. this disgusting man. his family should be ashamed they know him.

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Liane M.
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Liane M.
5 years ago

This guy shouldn’t be a vet. I even know that compassionate vets sedate the animal first before injecting them. I never heard of injecting them in the heart, I thought an IV was used in a vein after they were sedated.

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

OMG--were the owners there watching? It's hard enough when the little guys are sedated first. I can't imagine this

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Marty T.
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Marty T.
5 years ago

He didn't know an ordinance had passed. Is he living under a rock?

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

He needed a law to tell him this was cruel and painful? Hopefully he will not be allowed to practice vet med anymore. No telling what else he is or isn't doing behind closed doors.

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Allison M.
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Allison M.
5 years ago

No excuse, this guy is a vet. He should know better.

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Melissa and Bossie F.
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Melissa and Bossie F.
5 years ago

This is cruel. How can someone think it is humaine to inject an animal with this way into thier heart and expect it not to hurt. I wonder if the law is federal or if it is a state law and I wonder if anyone is going to take thier animals to see this guy again! I would never take one of my pets to see this vet and I would suggest any one do some background searching before taking thier pets to any vet.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

I hope he is convicted, but I wish the charges were felonies.

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Stephanie C.
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Stephanie C.
6 years ago

"didn't know?!" Dude, that is NEVER an excuse. And even if he is telling the truth, isn't common sense? If he's a vet, he should have some respect for his patients.

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

It is hard to believe a vet would do this.

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Punkinhead
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Punkinhead
6 years ago

I hope they suspend him for longer than just till April! What a cruel person. Why be a vet if you are not going to treat the animals in your care with compassion?

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Cwasson
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Cwasson
6 years ago

It's amazing to me that someone with obviously no compassion for animals can actually be a vet!!! Sad!!!

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

It is hard enough to believe that someone would do this, but a vet???

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Tic T.
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Tic T.
6 years ago

Only 12 misdemeanor counts, not even all of which were for cruelty? I thought that in the original article it said that he performed over 2400 euthanasia procedures in a year! Does anyone else see a problem with those numbers?

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

how very inhumane. and he calls himself a dr???

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Rachel G.
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Rachel G.
6 years ago

Thanks for the update zootoo

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Laura D.
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Laura D.
6 years ago

What a shame to the animals. There is never a "good" way to go (putting an animal down), but there is a right way. There are laws for a reason and I am glad to hear that the vet can't put any animals down for 5 years although I really think they should have revoked his license. Shame on him for being such an ignorant jerk.

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Tamra E.
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Tamra E.
6 years ago

This is the method we are tought to euthanize but the animal is suppose to be comatose before you use the final drug. It is not an easy thing to do with animals everyday but he knows better and needs to pay the price for what he did.
I get so mad that I have to euthanize animals due to over crowding at the shelter. I have opened a rescue but I know it will fill up fast and we will not be able to take them all in.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Even if this Dr. Baber was truly unaware that an ordinance banning the heart shot method of euthanasia was in effect, as a trained professional in the field of animal care, you would think that affinity for animals would be second nature to him. He was Morally obligated to put his patients "down" in the most humane way possible.

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

This is a sick man. 5 YEARS! Is that all? A medical doctor would have lost his license. Ban him!

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

Eilleen you said what I wanted to say, What the hell!!!!!!!

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

What the hell?

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

That is scary. What kind of person would do that, especially someone who supposedly is there to help animals.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

If all else fails plea ignorance. He needs to stop being a vet period. It should be against the law for him to even look at an animal. Obviously he didn't keep up on things. What else did he screw up.

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8critters
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8critters
6 years ago

When his practice reopens, if anyone still uses him, they are no better. He should go down in flames over this. I agree, what other corners has he cut. Doesn't sound like he is very compassionate at the worst time in an animal's life.

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

i am glad he wasn't my vet

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Laurel C.
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Laurel C.
6 years ago

How would any vetrinarian not know the laws? What a creep.

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Anne M.
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Anne M.
6 years ago

He should be sentenced to five years of full-time free work at the closest shelter. He obvously has some knowledge or he wouldn't be a vet and they could use the help. Any slip-ups and he should be
fined and incarcerated.

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

what else has he done to inflict pain? what about surgeries?

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

Wow, horrifying!

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Lexina
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Lexina
6 years ago

this man needs to go back to school

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casey jo
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casey jo
6 years ago

that being said this man should not be allowed to be near an animal

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casey jo
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casey jo
6 years ago

and the BBC was outraged that the other guy hadn't has his great dane put down!!!!!!!!!

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Barbgs
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Barbgs
6 years ago

If this Dr.has so little compassion for animals,I wouldn't want him to treat my animals for anything at all. I believe he should have his license revoked!

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Lexina
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Lexina
6 years ago

this is terrible arent they supposed to be aware of laws couldnt he read

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Sandeecbell
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Sandeecbell
6 years ago

He must take some sick pleasure from euthanising animals in this manner. He should lose his license. And if he doesn't, I'd post poster size copies of this article all over the town in which he wants to practice.

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Cheryl L.
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Cheryl L.
6 years ago

Oh he's a cruel man!!!!!

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Candace c.
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Candace c.
6 years ago

I hope he fries. This was so sick

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Candace c.
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Candace c.
6 years ago

What a terrible person

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James S.
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James S.
6 years ago

5 years? more like never again!

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James S.
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James S.
6 years ago

really sad

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

It's really sad and pathetic that a veterinarian, of all people, would exhibit cruelty against animals. This just violates everything that a vet should stand for.

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Margaret B.
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Margaret B.
6 years ago

Better watch this man for longer than four years. Ignorance is his excuse. Ignorance should be a reason to remove him from his veterinary practice. Assume he didn't know as he said and therefore is unfit to be a veterinarian.

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