'Worst vet care I've seen in 33 years' says RSPCA inspectorBy Laura Herbert
June 20, 2012
An RSPCA inspector who brought the case against Awuah Ohene-Gyan said he had never seen such appalling care from a veterinary surgeon.
After many visits to Ohene-Gyan’s practice, Woosehill Vets in Emmview Close, the RSPCA removed several animals, some of which were not involved in his trial at Reading Magistrates’ Court last week.
Ohene-Gyan is due to be sentenced today.
The RSPCA was called to the practice in May last year where they found bull mastiff Milly. Her owner was called and she was taken to Castle Vets, in Reading, where she was later put down.
Inspectors from the animal charity also seized a cat named Gus when they were called to the property on October 2, last year.
Gus was found with his leg hanging at an awkward angle and was removed along with three other animals.
During the trial, the court heard Gus spent seven weeks at the practice and underwent an unsuccessful operation to mend his ankle following a car accident.
Following Ohene-Gyan’s conviction last week, RSPCA inspector Derek Wilkins said: “My job is to protect animals and I think the result will hopefully protect all future animals from his appalling care.
“In my 33 years as an RSPCA inspector, I have never come across or heard of such poor veterinary care. This man was in a position of trust.”
The court heard German shepherd Maisy had to be put down after she was kept in filthy conditions and in a cage that was too small for her.
The prosecution’s expert veterinary witness said in her case: “The suffering could have been reduced by a timely diagnosis and with subsequent detailed discussion with the Artarinejad family as to either a proper treatment plan or, alternatively, euthanasia.”
He added: “A veterinary surgeon’s fundamental duty is to protect the welfare of his patients at all times.
“It is clear that Mr Ohene-Gyan failed in that fundamental duty repeatedly throughout the time he had Maisy within his practice.”
Following the trial, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) confirmed it is currently investigating Ohene-Gyan, however a spokesman said he is still allowed to practise as a vet.
The surgery in Emmview Close has now closed and a notice on the door declares the former tenant had 14 days from April 12 to remove belongings from the building.
Companies House declares the Woosehill Hospital4Pets, the company that operated Woosehill Vets and is owned by Ohene-Gyan, is in liquidation.