South Pasadena remembers veterinarian and owner of South Pasadena Animal Hospital – Pasadena Star News

Veterinarian and owner of South Pasadena Animal Hospital, Dr. MS Chaudhry, is remembered for a lifetime of service after his death on October 25, 2021.

Dr. Chaudhry – or “Doc” as he was commonly known in the community – was born on July 10, 1945 in Kenya. He immigrated to the United States in 1972 with $800 in his pocket, according to his wife Linda Allison.

Dr. Chaudhry stayed at the YMCA and cleaned cages for $1.50 an hour until he got his license nine years later. He soon teamed up with a friend and bought a veterinary hospital in 1981, Allison said in an interview Sunday.

“If you talk to his customers, they’ll tell you. I must have 100 cards saying he was the best vet. Everyone says he was the most trustworthy, sweet and kind man“, Allison added. “That’s all you read.”

In addition to Allison, who was by his side at the time of his passing, Dr. Chaudhry also leaves behind two brothers, Afzal and Asgar; one sister, Hanifa; and many other family members, friends and dedicated employees who have worked for and loved the man over the years.

The doctor also misses his four-legged clients and his own dogs and cats, Allison said, estimating that three generations of South Pasadena families brought their pets to the local hospital during its operation.

“People were babies when they started coming with pets,” Allison said. “And now they bring their own animals.”

Dr. Chaudhry’s memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Angeles. A burial at Calvary Cemetery will immediately follow the service.

Benjamin M. Yerger