Williamson County vet charged with animal cruelty after boarding dog died


WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – A Williamson County veterinarian is charged with animal cruelty after an English Bulldog who was taken to his clinic had to be euthanized.

The owners of Jax, 5, said he was in good health when they dropped him off at the Animal Wellness Hospital at 4213 Farm to Market Road 3349 in Taylor on March 13. Surveillance video from that day showed he was fine. When they picked him up on March 20, he had sores all over his body, including those that had progressed to holes in his skin.

  • Jax, 5, had deep wounds on his body and had to be euthanized (Photo by Williamson County Sheriff's Office)
  • Jax, 5, had deep wounds on his body and had to be euthanized (Photo by Williamson County Sheriff's Office)
  • Jax, 5, had to be euthanized after staying at a veterinary hospital in Taylor (Photo by Williamson County Sheriff's Office)

He couldn’t walk and was covered in urine, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said. The owners rushed him to another vet that day, but he had to be euthanized.

Detectives searched the veterinary hospital and “found strong foul odors, feces, puddles of urine, urine-soaked clothes, used unclogged syringes and loose medication.” Detectives observed caged and boarded animals in these conditions, as well as a lack of food and water. Authorities removed the animals from the clinic, and although some were initially taken to the Williamson County Animal Shelter, all were reunited with their owners.

Clinic owner Dr Dana R Boehm visited Travis County Jail on Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon, she had bonded. KXAN left her a message and will update this story when she responds.


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