As dog owners, we rely on our veterinarians’ knowledge and expertise in raising healthy, happy dogs.
That’s why it’s so shocking that a veterinarian out of southern California is now sitting in jail for animal cruelty.
On Saturday night, 911 calls alerting authorities to a dog in distress led police to Desert Veterinary Specialists in Palm Desert, Riverside County. When police arrived, they found a dog, in clear distress, locked inside a hot car. They were unable to locate the dog’s owner and broke a window to rescue the dog.
Unfortunately, their efforts were in vain. The dog suffered a seizure and died on the scene. Just as authorities were towing the dog owner’s car away, he showed up.
Douglas Huber, a veterinary surgeon, was arrested for leaving his 8-year old Shepherd-mix in a hot car for over an hour.
According to The Desert Sun,
Huber, 51, was detained at the Riverside County Jail in Indio on a preliminary charge of misdemeanor animal endangerment, according to jail records.
Huber has been licensed to practice since 1987. He really should know better.
Luckily, California state law prohibits anyone from leaving a dog in a vehicle if it endangers their well-being. Huber faces up to 6-months in jail, a $500 fine, or both, for his crimes.
It is not known whether Huber will lose his license to practice veterinarian medicine.