A Fargo, North Dakota veterinarian, Dr. Robert Elliott, has a string of complaints and medical infractions attached to his practice. The most recent complaint comes from Sue Maack who claims Elliott euthanized her dog without her permission, according to The Dickinson Press.
Elliott, who just returned from having his license suspended for one month, denies the claim, stating Maack agreed to the euthanization. The one month suspension was in connection with another euthanasia complaint filed in 2013.
Elliott has racked up numerous complaints in the last eight years, including practicing veterinary medicine in a state he wasn’t licensed in. The state of Minnesota ordered a cease and desist for Elliott in 2008 for administering vaccinations. Elliott allegedly performed a euthanasia in Minnesota after the cease and desist, and told the client to “keep quiet” about it.
Other complaints included unwanted/double vaccinations, improperly labeled medications, not providing medical records, improper dispensing of medicine and inhumane treatment of animals.
Elliott was also administering drugs with an expired Drug Enforcement Administration registration.
All complaints against Elliott, except for the 2013 euthanasia incident, were dropped due to not enough evidence. Ten days after being reported for an expired DEA registration, Elliott applied for one and apologized for the lapse in certification.
Maack alleged that she called Elliott to make a home visit to examine her 16 year old shih tzu, Chloe’s, infected eye, but instead, Elliott administered the lethal drug to put her down.
Elliott alleged that they agreed on the euthanasia and Maack simply changed her mind half way through the procedure.
The complaint that got Elliott suspended was in regard to the inhumane treatment during an at-home euthanasia procedure. Susan Anderson, a registered nurse, said in her complaint letter that Elliott was incompetent and callous during the euthanasia of her beagle. Elliott used excessive force of the needle and had to use a second syringe when he was unable to administer the medication with the first one.
Maack’s complaint will go in front of the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners on November 18.
Meanwhile, Elliott is still practicing veterinary medicine.
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