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March 28, 2014

In Your Opinion: Vets are doctors, not investigators

I applaud Otsego County for considering the possibility of hiring of an animal cruelty investigator. As a veterinarian, I have been asked by local law enforcement for my opinion on animal cruelty cases. A medical opinion of an animal’s condition is well within the scope of my veterinary training, but I and the veterinary community have no training on the investigative procedures needed for a successful investigation.

I encourage Otsego County to hire an animal cruelty investigator.

David Leahy, DVM

Oneonta

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