Dogs seized from bogus vet's clinic

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 February, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 February, 1996, 12:00am

TWO dogs and 44 bottles of drugs were seized from an unqualified vet yesterday.

Pet experts say clinics run by unqualified vets are common because no official qualifications are needed to run a surgery.

But only vets holding recognised qualifications are allowed to stock and use drugs commonly used in veterinary surgeries.

The industry has called for the quick implementation of the Veterinary Surgeon's Act which will require all practising vets in the territory to be registered.

The fourth-floor clinic in Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, was raided by police and Agriculture and Fisheries Department officers yesterday morning.

They discovered the premises was also being used illegally as kennels.

Officers found two dogs - a Cocker Spaniel-cross and a Shih Tzu - locked in cages.

They also found a surgical table, equipment and bottles of antibiotics, anaesthetic and steroids.

RSPCA executive director Doreen Davies said officers had visited the clinic undercover and notified the department about the suspected illegalities, confirmed yesterday.

Senior veterinary officer Dr Barry Bousfield said he hoped the new law, still being drafted, would go to the Legislative Council in April.

Veterinary officer Dr Peter Grandison, who accompanied the raid on the premises, said pet owners should check the qualifications of any vet.