Elmsford Animal Hospital vet accused of forgery and cruelty

An animal hospital in Elmsford is closed and the doctor who owns it has been charged with animal cruelty and forgery.

Javier Diaz, 46, a veterinarian and owner of Main Street Animal Hospital, has been charged with second-degree forgery as well as misdemeanor animal cruelty and third-degree assault, the Westchester SPCA said in a statement posted by the Elmsford Police Department on its Facebook page.

The forgery charge, in which Diaz is accused of issuing a rabies vaccination certificate and charging a pet owner without administering the state-required vaccination, is a felony, Ernest Lungaro said. , Director of the SPCA’s Human Law Enforcement Unit.

A notice from the Elmsford building department on the animal hospital building on Monday read “no occupancy”.

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The SPCA claims Diaz, between April 9 and April 27:

  • handed over the vaccination certificate and charged the owner of the animal;
  • hitting a two-month-old kitten on the head with a nail clipper designed to cut the dog’s nails and shove the nail clipper into the cat’s mouth, cutting its gum and palate;
  • kicked a dog in the ribs;
  • twisted another dog’s front leg, kicked him in the ribs and stuck a nail clipper in his ribs;
  • punched a Chihuahua in a dog crate to stop it crying;
  • smothered a Shih Tzu; and
  • kicked an older three-legged German Shepherd in the chest, twisted and pulled the dog’s ear, then kicked the dog a second time in the jaw, which pushed the dog dog to shake his head back, hitting a vet assistant who was holding the dog in place. The veterinary assistant had a bloody nose and head and neck pain.
A sign taped to the window of Main Street Animal Hospital in Elmsford, pictured May 2, 2022. Veterinarian Javier Diaz, owner of the practice, has been arrested for animal cruelty.

It could not immediately be determined whether Diaz had an attorney. The SPCA statement said he was due to appear in court on Monday in Elmsford Village Court.

The SPCA said its Humane Law Enforcement Unit and Elmsford Police conducted an investigation with the help of the Westchester District Attorney’s Office.

Shannon Laukhuf, executive director of the SPCA Westchester, said in the statement that those who suspect their pet has been harmed should call the SPCA’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at 914-941-7797. .

Michael P. McKinney is a breaking news reporter for the Journal News, the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Times Herald-Record in Middletown.

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