Documents detail accusations against Quincy vet-Declawing Without Meds

Posted: Mar 22, 2016 4:32 PM EDT

By Jennifer Tapley

The Quincy Animal Shelter located on 24th Street near Locust St.
The Quincy Animal Shelter located on 24th Street near Locust St.

A Quincy veterinarian is in danger of losing his license to practice after the state says he was charging for services he didn’t complete and failing to properly follow procedures.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, in a 17-page document, listed multiple complaints about Dr. Drew Kaiser, who owns the Katherine Road Animal Hospital and the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.

The IDFPR states Kaiser declawed patient Madeline and gave her no pain medication during or after the procedure.

Documents also state Kaiser accepted payment for services he didn’t render when he euthanized Nakita in Feb. 2014. The documents state Nakita’s owner was charged for euthanization and burial, but after euthanizing Nakita, documents state Kaiser put her body in a dumpster.

Kaiser is also accused of failing to use knowledge, skill and care in treating a routine condition when he inoculated and neutered J.H. at Katherine Road Animal Hospital in Aug. 2015. Documents state after J.H. bit Kaiser’s pant leg while he was trying to sedate him, Kaiser wrapped a leash around his snout and neck multiple times and tied it in a knot. He’s accused of leaving the leash tied around his snout and neck during the procedure, and his employees couldn’t get an oxygen mask onto K.H. or check his vitals.

The IDFPR states Kaiser spayed Roxie in July 2015, after she’d been surrendered for adoption. When she hemorrhaged at her incision point, documents state Kaiser kept wrapping it with bandage material and towels. He’s accused of having his staff place Roxie in an incubator with the towels so he could watch her. Documents state she died from blood loss. Documents state Kaiser didn’t try to find why she had been hemorrhaging.

Documents state Oliver was brought in to have an anal gland removed in April 2015, but Kaiser, in addition to removing the anal gland, removed 14 teeth without permission from Oliver’s owner. Documents state Kaiser didn’t suture Oliver’s gums after pulling the teeth, and put him on a rug on the floor to recover without checking on him. Documents state Oliver bled to death. Kaiser is accused of putting Oliver’s body in a plastic bag and leaving him on the treatment room floor for more than two days.

In June 2015, documents state June was brought in with 13 puppies. Neither June nor the puppies were vaccinated, so Kaiser put them in an isolation room used for canine parvovirus cases. Documents state the room had not been disinfected, and June and the 13 puppies contracted the canine parvovirus.

Documents state in Dec. 2014, Kaiser removed a lump from Coco, who continued to hemorrhage from the incision. Kaiser is accused of continually wrapping it with bandage material and towels, but the incision kept hemorrhaging. Instead of finding out why, Kaiser is accused of leaving for the day.

Little Boy, who had trouble breathing, was brought in to Katherine Road. Documents state patients having difficulty breathing are considered critical there, but Kaiser had him put in a cage to look at later. Kaiser is accused of leaving him there for two hours before a staff member noticed he hadn’t been treated.

Documents state Kaiser vaccinated a pit bull at the City of Quincy Animal Shelter. Documents state Kaiser used a catchpole to control it. He’s accused of tightening the catchpole around the dog’s neck until it couldn’t breathe, picking the dog up off the ground with it and slamming it on the floor, causing its mouth to bleed. Documents state the dog wasn’t aggressive towards Kaiser.

In July 2015, the documents state Kaiser euthanized a chihuahua at the City of Quincy Animal Shelter. The dog became aggressive, and documents state Kaiser used a catchpole to control it. After tightening the catchpole around its neck, documents state Kaiser pulled it out of the kennel and choked it. While being choked, documents state the dog hit its mouth on the side of the kennel, breaking several teeth. Kaiser is accused of stepping on the dog’s neck and tail and euthanizing it.

In March 2015, documents state a cat, Lego, was brought to Katherine Road with urethral blockage. Documents state Kaiser’s assistant, who was monitoring anesthesia, repeatedly told him Lego wasn’t breathing. Documents state Kaiser told the assistant to shut up. Documents state Lego died.

Documents state Kaiser was performing an amputation in April 2015 on Hopscotch with no pain medication during or after the procedure.

When performing surgery to remove an allegedly cancerous lump from patient Cary Grant, documents state Kaiser failed to calculate his medications or anesthesia according to its weight. Kaiser is accused of sending Cary Grant home before being evaluated. When Cary Grant’s owner called the next morning to let him know he wasn’t eating and was lethargic, documents state an employee told Kaiser, but he didn’t contact the owner. Documents state the owner called Kaiser nine times over the course of three days, but no calls were returned. Cary Grant was taken to Klingele Vet for Addisonian crisis, vomiting and dehydration, and was hospitalized there for eight days, documents state.

Kaiser is accused of punching a dog in the hip three or four times at Katherine Road when it resisted going towards the kennels in Sept. 2015.

Kaiser is scheduled to appear, either in person, or by counsel, before the administrative law judge of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on April 11 to set a hearing date. He is required to file a written answer to the complaints under oath with the department within 20 days of being served.