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  1. #1
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    Mar 2003
    State College PA

    Vet guilty of animal cruelty

    There are laws about being able to protect your livestock. However, this was just wrong. Yet if only the owner of the dog had worked harder to make sure the dog didn't get out of the yard...he failed in his responsibility also. It wasn't the first time the dog got out. How pathetic...poor Ginger...she didn't deserve to die for human stupidity.


    Vet guilty of animal cruelty

    By Domingo Ramirez Jr.

    Star-Telegram Staff Writer

    FORT WORTH -- A veterinarian was found guilty of animal cruelty Tuesday for killing a miniature dachshund with a log-splitting maul last year after the dog got into his backyard in Colleyville.

    Mircea Volosen, 45, showed no emotion after visiting state District Judge C.C. "Kit" Cooke announced his verdict.

    Volosen faces a maximum of two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

    Cooke delayed sentencing until authorities could conduct a pre-sentencing investigation. The judge announced that the investigation could take 30 days.

    Volosen was taken into custody, but his attorneys expected him to be released later in the day after posting $5,000 bail.

    "He's in shock," said Bryan Buchanan of Fort Worth, one of Volosen's attorneys. "He's a man who escapes from a Communist Romania to live in the land of the free, where you have a right to protect your property. And now this happens to him."

    Volosen's attorneys said they would appeal the verdict.

    Volosen had waived a jury trial, opting to have Cooke decide the case.

    The packed courtroom, filled with mostly Volosen supporters, was quiet after the guilty verdict. One supporter walked outside the courtroom and wept.

    The dachshund, named Ginger, died July 4, 2003. The dog's owner, Kevin Ball, testified Monday that Ginger had escaped his back yard at least four to six times, three times ending up in Volosen's backyard.

    Ball told the judge that he apologized when Ginger ran into Volosen's backyard, then watched in disbelief as Volosen killed the dog.

    "The dog was headed back to her owner," said Walt Junker, a Tarrant County assistant district attorney. "He (Volosen) took the law into his own hands."

    The veterinarian's wife, Natalia Volosen, told Cooke on Monday that four chickens the couple kept in the yard died after the trauma of being chased by the 2-year-old dachshund.

    Colleyville police officer Kevin Roy Walling testified that there were no dead chickens in Volosen's back yard on July 4, 2003.

    Volosen did not testify Monday. He has said that there had been problems with loose dogs getting into his backyard, where he kept a rabbit and laying hens.

    But Ball and a neighbor, Robert Johnson, told Cooke that they heard chickens fluttering in Volosen's back yard just seconds after Ginger turned up missing from Ball's back yard.

    Ball has filed a civil lawsuit against Volosen, who works in Plano and has since moved away from the Colleyville neighborhood.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2000
    I hope his practice goes right down the drain! I certainly wouldn't want any of my pets in his care. This was just inexcusable!

  3. #3
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    Nov 2003
    Tabbyville, PA
    I'd always assumed compassion was a trademark of a vet. How could this man be a vet yet show an utter lack of compassion towards the poor dog?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Yeah, his property really needed to be protected from this vicious animal. A miniature dachshund! I am so glad he's not my vet. I think he should be deported. It's a priviliege to live here, not a right. There's words to describe this guy but I can't say them here.

    I did the right thing by setting you free
    But the pain is very deep.
    If only I could turn back time, forever, you I'd keep.
    I miss you

    I hear you whimper in your sleep
    I gently pet you and say, no bad dreams
    It will be alright, to my dog as dark as night.

    Fur as dark as the night.
    Join me on this flight.
    Paws of love that follow me.
    In my heart you'll forever be.

    How I wish I could hold you near.
    Turn back time to make it so.
    Hug you close and never let go.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Land of the Ducks...quack!
    I understand shooing the dog away if she was a danger to the chickens but he didn't have to KILL it! Sheesh, its a miniature dachshund for cripes sake, how dangerous is that? Emphasis on the miniature. The stupid hens CAN protect themselves *I've seen hens beat back coyotes*. Granted the owner was a moron for letting the dog out so many times, but isn't that a matter for animal control?

    Grrrrrr I hope they send his sorry @$$ to jail.

    And besides who goes out and beats a dog to death in front of its owner? If it were big and snarling I might understand SHOOTING it to get it away from the livestock but beating it?! When the owner was retrieving the dog?!

    I hope his practice flops...I sure as heck wouldn't take my dog to a vet like him!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    If You Don't Talk To Your Cat About Catnip, Who Will?
    I would think being a vet, he could think of more compassionate ways to deal with a roaming animal, aside from bludgeoning the tiny dog! He could have reported the dog as being loose, but didn't. He could have talked with the owners, but didn't...let him hang! And yes, the owner of the dog is at fault as well IMO! Our dogs don't run amock all over the neighborhood, and if they did it even once, I'd prevent them from it a second time.
    ~*~ "None left to rescue, none left to buy, none left to suffer, none left to die. None to be beaten, none to be kicked...all must be loved and all must be fixed".
    Author Unknown ~*~



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Haines, Alaska!
    Originally posted by catnapper
    I'd always assumed compassion was a trademark of a vet.
    Acctually, alot of vets are only vets for the money. It pays good cash so HEY why not?

    This is just SICKING! I feel so bad for the poor dog and poor owner.

    Dogs: Nova, Konnor and Sitka

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    A mini doxie??? He couldn't have bent down and picked the dog up???

    What an idiot! Make you wonder how he handles his patients.
    ...RIP, our sweet Gini...

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