header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
77°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
June 13
1949 - Frank Walker deeds over the first 40 acres of Placerita Canyon State Park [story]
Deed


| Monday, Nov 11, 2019
The state Attorney General’s Office is seeking to revoke the license of two veterinary clinics in Santa Clarita, following a slew of negligence and unprofessional conduct complaints.

 

The state Attorney General’s office is seeking to revoke the license of two veterinary clinics in Santa Clarita, following multiple complaints of negligence and unprofessional conduct.

All Creatures Veterinary Center in Newhall and the Canyon Country Veterinary Hospital in Canyon Country were named in the complaint, along with the AV Veterinary Center in Antelope Valley. All three clinics are under the managing license held by Dr. Balpal S. Sandhu.

A total of 14 animals and their owners are reported as victims in the complaint, filed Nov. 4, with each animal and owner allegedly experiencing various levels of incompetence and failure to comply with regulations. Each animal reportedly experienced undue pain, discomfort and, in some cases, death, the complaint states.

The latest complaint comes after Sandhu was placed on probation on May 29, 2016, as a result of the Veterinary Medical Board finding one cause of negligence, one cause of record-keeping violations and one cause for anesthesia violations. The probation was meant to last three years, according to the complaint.

A call placed to the All Creatures Veterinary Center in Newhall was referred to the AV Veterinary Center. Calls placed to the Canyon Country Veterinary Hospital and the AV Veterinary Center were left unanswered as of the publication of this article.

“People in our community need to be aware of where they are taking care of their pets and trusting in an emergency,” said Edward Robert, a former Acton resident who had taken his dog Fiona to the AV Veterinary Clinic.

Robert said after Fiona sustained a serious bite from another dog, he took her to AV Veterinary Clinic in September 2018. A few days after the visit, Fiona was discharged to Robert, and according to his story, which is referenced in the complaint filed by the attorney general, the dog died soon after.

Robert filed a civil suit with a private attorney in February 2019 but had also placed a complaint with the California Veterinary Board simultaneously. In his mind, he said, his complaint to the board resulted in a number of other cases being brought forward against Sandhu and his clinics.

The attorney general, in addition to accusing the AV Veterinary Center of failing to maintain proper records, said Sandhu’s team “committed negligence by failing to expedite exploratory surgery for animal patient Fiona, resulting in Fiona’s deterioration and eventual death.”

Another victim referenced in the complaint, Stephanie Miletti, brought her geriatric cat Clay to the Antelope Valley Center. The attorney general alleges that deception, negligence or incompetence led to the death of Miletti’s cat:

“On Nov. 19, 2018, after (Miletti) returned Clay to AVVC, (AVVC) did not examine the animal patient or perform further diagnostics and did not discuss treatment options with (Miletti) for Clay, a geriatric cat with a history of urinary tract disease,” according to the complaint. “Instead, Clay was immediately taken to surgery.”

On Nov. 23, Clay was released back to Miletti without a veterinary evaluation, according to the AG’s complaint, and died soon after with a chest cavity filled with fluid.

At All Creatures Veterinary Clinic in Newhall, Michele Westmore Meeks of Newhall said she took her dog in for a visit in late 2018. Meister, a 5-year-old Labrador, died soon after visiting All Creatures and, according to Meeks, she was never given a proper explanation for his death.

“My dog passing caused a huge ripple in my family,” said Meeks over a phone call Saturday. “My husband said, ‘What price can you put on your emotional loss and suing him.’ The money is not the problem … my goal is going to be to go with the state of California to make sure (Sandhu) loses his license.’”

Meeks is not referenced in the AG’s complaint. However, she said she has filed another complaint with the veterinary board.

In total, there are 41 causes for discipline filed against Sandhu and his three clinics in the complaint filed Nov. 4. The case has been brought in front of the Veterinary Medical Board in the Department of Consumer Affairs for the state of California.

As of Saturday, the case remained under review.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Friday, Jun 11, 2021
America’s Job Center to Offer Career Transition Support Sessions
America’s Job Center of California is offering virtual career transition support sessions for displaced workers in Los Angeles County on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. via Zoom.
Friday, Jun 11, 2021
SCV Hotels Bounce Back as Pandemic Winds Down
As COVID-19 ravaged the nation, the hotel and hospitality industry were among the hardest hit, experiencing major losses in 2020.
Friday, Jun 11, 2021
High Heat Alert Issued Throughout L.A. County Starting Monday
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Alert as high temperatures have been forecast throughout the County including the Santa Clarita Valley.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1949 - Frank Walker deeds over the first 40 acres of Placerita Canyon State Park [story]
Deed
1868 - Ravenna post office established in Soledad Canyon [story]
Ravenna depot
America’s Job Center of California is offering virtual career transition support sessions for displaced workers in Los Angeles County on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. via Zoom.
America’s Job Center to Offer Career Transition Support Sessions
As COVID-19 ravaged the nation, the hotel and hospitality industry were among the hardest hit, experiencing major losses in 2020.
SCV Hotels Bounce Back as Pandemic Winds Down
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Alert as high temperatures have been forecast throughout the County including the Santa Clarita Valley.
High Heat Alert Issued Throughout L.A. County Starting Monday
On Friday, Los Angeles County Public Health officials confirmed five new deaths and 198 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 28,037 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Friday COVID-19  Roundup: 28,037 Total SCV Cases; County MIS-C Cases in Children Plummet
California’s high-speed rail project got a much-needed boost Friday when the federal government agreed to restore nearly $1 billion in grant funding for the embattled infrastructure project.
State and Federal Government Restore Nearly $1 Billion in Funding to the High-Speed Rail Project
Hart High School’s show choir is once again hosting its Summer Show Choir Camp next month for students fifth grade and up.
Hart High School’s Summer Show Choir Camp to Return
Due to an excessive heat forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley, the city of Santa Clarita will have its three branches of the Santa Clarita Public Library open as cooling centers beginning Tuesday, June 15.
Cooling Centers to Open In Anticipation of Excessive Heat
State legislators had until June 4 to pass their bills out of the house in which they originated, and legislators representing the Santa Clarita Valley are reporting multiple bills on the move.
Local Legislators See Bills Move Forward
Although they are still awaiting the autopsy results, Los Angeles County Homicide Bureau detectives said they do not believe at this time that foul play resulted in a body being discovered near Castaic Lake on Tuesday.
No Foul Play Suspected in Castaic Lake Investigation
In an improvement from his critical, yet stable, status last week, the Los Angeles County Fire Department captain hospitalized at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is in “fair” condition, according to officials.
Hospital Officials Say Fire Captain Now in ‘Fair’ Condition
1956 - Bill Bonelli incorporates Solemint Water Co., his second of two predecessors of Santa Clarita Water Co. [story]
Bonelli
For the past few years, Walmart Academies have focused on training our associates to succeed in their jobs and upskill for the future.
Registration Open for Walmart Santa Clarita’s Free Virtual Community Academy
Princess is introducing a new on-demand service that allows guests to call a crew member to their exact location to make an in-person request for assistance.
Princess Cruises Unveils New On-Demand Feature that Increases Personalized Service
Following its selection by the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Southern California Chapter as a 2020 Project of the Year, the city of Santa Clarita’s Inclusive Play Area at Canyon Country Park was recently named the Innovative Design of the Year Project by the APWA’s High Desert Branch.
Canyon Country Park’s Inclusive Play Area Earns Award for Innovative Design
SCV Water’s 2021 Annual Water Quality Report is now available.
Annual SCV Water Quality Report Released
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying three robbery suspects who physically assaulted a Circle K clerk in Saugus in April.
Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Saugus Circle K Robbery Suspects
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 7 new deaths and 220 new cases of COVID-19, with 28,031 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Thursday COVID-19 Roundup: SCV Cases Total 28,031; New Vaccination Sweepstakes Coming to L.A. County Friday
Thinking about a career move? Jumping back into the job market after a challenging year? With the end of the pandemic in sight, people may be wondering about their next job prospects, career choices, or what's next on the horizon.
June 21: JCI Santa Clarita Hosting Virtual Resume, Interview Workshop
In anticipation of the grand opening of their newest tenant, Bird Dog Arts, the Outlets at Tejon is pleased to announce, it will be hosting “Art at OAT.”
June 12: Outlets at Tejon Unveil Interactive Art Walls
More than 200 teachers gathered outside the William S. Hart Union High School District office ahead of Wednesday’s board meeting, sharing frustration over their salaries.
Hart Teachers Protest to Demand Pay Raise
The Saugus Union School District held groundbreaking events last week for a handful of new buildings coming to the Cedarcreek and Skyblue Mesa elementary schools.
Saugus Union Breaks Ground on New Cedarcreek, Skyblue Mesa Facilities
1910 - Trick roper Montie Montana of Agua Dulce born in North Dakota as Owen Harlan Mickel [story]
Montie Montana
%d bloggers like this: