Thursday, May 15, 2014

Violation of State Statute Greenhill's vet Withholding treatment - Oakly & Oscar

Withholding veterinary care is a violation of State Statute.  According to Oregon Humane Investigations, shelters are not exempt from state statute, nor is there any provision or exclusion for what Greenhill calls "shelter medicine".  Even if the outcome for the animal is euthanasia, ailments and pain must be treated and managed.
Oakly's intake date was 7/30/12.  Three days later as Oakly's medical file from Greenhill will prove, (linked here:  Oakly's File) all treatment was stopped by order of Greenhill's vet, Gail Schroder.  Oakly had treatable ailments, infected ears and goopy eyes.  Schroder's note after the CVT's notation says that "treatment was painful and not likely to improve condition"  this is not true.  When examined by a qualified vet, treatment of Oakly's ailments has improved Oakly's condition immensely.  He is living comfortably, eyes and ears treated with a Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon foster home.  Oakly suffered untreated (except for grooming on 8/13) from 8/3/12 until just prior to his release to Senior Dog Rescue on August 18, 2012.

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."

" 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"."
This email from Heidy to Lieberman and Semple is supported by Oakly's medical file.  The notation that pertains to this is on the second page, last notation.   I've inserted it here for your reference.  Please note that the response from both Lieberman & Semple to this violation of care standards was ignored and not corrected by either of the Directors.

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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.
Pain medication and treatment for treatable ailments were withheld from Oakly and Oscar by Greenhill's vet, Gail Schroder.  This is not only in violation of Oregon State Statute, Minimum Standards of Care, but also a violation of the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, that Greenhill claims they follow.

In addition, in the care of Oscar the cat, Greenhill and their Director of Shelter Medicine violated State Statute Minimum Standards of Care, and Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters Five Freedoms and Companion Animals #3 which states Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.    Oscar was denied rapid diagnosis and treatment.  Why?

Greenhill "Humane" failed both Oakly and Oscar.  How many other Oaklys and Oscars are there we don't know about?