ORS 167.310. Definitions (7) “Minimum care” means care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of an animal and, except for emergencies or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the owner, includes, but is not limited to, the following requirements: (d) Veterinary care deemed necessary by a reasonably prudent person to relieve distress from injury, neglect or disease.
In an August 3, 2012 email to Lieberman and Semple from then employee CVT Heidy Hollister:
"I have been informed by Gail Schroder, DVM not to treat ailments on the animals that we are going to euthanize at the end of their holding period."
"...as I tried to write my treatment on Oakly's chart, GS (Schroder) informed me that she did an exam on this dog and there were no further treatments necessary, as, in her words, "we were not going to spend money on a dog that is not adoptable and is going to be euthanized"."
Volunteer CVT Diane Weaver said of Oakly: "Oakly, a senior dog with very crusted eyes, a severe ear infection and a bleeding lump on his toe was only treated by wrapping his toe. I asked , as did others who came through the shelter, why he was left in the run without treatment for his eyes and ears. I was told that Dr. Schroder said he was slated for euthanasia and they didn’t want to spend any money on him. Why? His ailments were all treatable." Diane Weaver's full testimony is linked here: Diane Weaver Testimony. Diane also read this testimony into the record at the August 13, 2012 advisory committee meeting. Diane contacted both Lieberman and Semple with no response.
Oscar was a First Avenue cat, intake date 7/24/12 that was transferred to the Greenhill Rd facility for eye surgery. Except for three days, Oscar went nearly an entire month without pain medication and he never received a proper examination for a ruptured, very painful eye. Oscar's medical records from Greenhill can be seen here: Oscar's file
The rescue group, West Coast Dog & Cat, had immediate placement for Oscar once Greenhill did his surgery. There was no need for Oscar to suffer or for his surgery to be delayed as arrangements were in place for his transfer no later than August 5, 2012. Cary Lieberman's statement on a KPNW-AM broadcast in September, 2012, that the rescue had asked Greenhill to hold Oscar is not even remotely true. Even if it was true, there is no excuse to withhold treatment/pain medications for nearly a month from a cat with a diagnosed, very painful ruptured eye. Oscar was finally released from Greenhill on August 24, 2012 to West Coast Dog & Cat Rescue. His painful ruptured eye was removed on 8/28/12. All veterinarian records, including the records from the veterinarian who did Oscar's surgery are here: Oscar's File Oscar's post-op recovery foster home had no problems at all with Oscar including giving him his medications.
After successful post-op treatment, Oscar went to the home that West Coast had arranged for him in early August. In spite of the abuse and pain he suffered at Greenhill's hands, he is doing well and learning to trust humans.
Greenhill "Humane" failed both Oakly and Oscar. How many other Oaklys and Oscars are there we don't know about?