A Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ disciplinary panel has found that a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic chain, Vets Now, stole one puppy of a litter of six that was delivered by an emergency cesarean section at the clinic where she worked. The thieving veterinarian is Zahra Rafiq age 29. Incidentally, one of the assistants also stole one of the puppies and was subsequently sacked. It is said that the puppies are worth £2,000 each because they are French Bulldogs.
The owner of the female dog who was the mother of puppies, was told by the clinic that there were four puppies in the litter born alive. In other words she was lied to. Rafiq lives in a £950,000 house in Wallington, Surrey. She was overheard saying that she intended to take home one of the puppies but colleagues thought that she was joking.
In defence she said that she wanted to care for the puppy because she was concerned about its welfare.
The panel decided that she had acted recklessly and had been dishonest. She had not gained financially because the puppy had died (I presume in her care at her home but this is not completely clear from the story in The Times newspaper).
The owner, Ms Mhagrh said:
“That vet stole my puppy. It was a terrible thing to do. She should not be allowed to practice. I contacted police but they didn’t seem keen to pursue it.”Ms Mhagrh
A spokesperson for Vets Now, Laura Playforth said:
“In my 20 years as a vet, I’ve never seen anything like this. I want to reassure pet owners that it is an isolated incident.”Laura Playforth