NORMAN, Oklahoma (KFOR) – A subway vet who is one of the owners of an exotic animal farm and rescue has so far declined to comment on why the town of Norman has removed the 354 animals from the farm over the past two weeks.
The vet works at the Brookwood Animal Clinic in Oklahoma City. He is one of the two men responsible for the animals on the Rock Creek farm.
KFOR visited the clinic on Tuesday afternoon to see if they could share their views on why the animals were seized.
According to a civil lawsuit filed Friday, the animals “appeared to be malnourished and ate tree bark.”
He also said that “most of the animals were deprived of food, water, shelter and veterinary care“.
Two baby ibex died just days after being kidnapped.
The animals are being investigated for signs of criminal negligence by the Normandy police.
Oklahoma Veterinary Council executive director Cathy Kirkpatrick said she was following the case closely. She said the council is not conducting its own investigation at this time.
“These are the animals of the public that we protect. I understand these are his own animals, ”Kirkpatrick said.
However, she said, depending on how the police investigation unfolds, the veterinary board may take action.
In the meantime, another Norman address listed for the two ranch owners still has open pens with a number of animals.
The pair were due in court Tuesday morning for a bail hearing to decide how much they might owe the city for veterinary and boarding fees after the animals were seized. This hearing has been postponed to May 24.
The Brookwood Animal Clinic vet never returned our call or requests for comment.
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