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Resident concerned over animal care at local vet clinic

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When 7-year-old Tank's tumor suddenly began growing and discoloring, Robyn Foster decided it was time to have it removed, so she took him to Dr. Don Turbeville at the East 70th Animal Clinic.

"I dropped him off about 7:30am and they said I could come pick him up about between 3pm and 5pm, so I got there about 3:30pm. I left work early."

Foster - who asked that her face not be shown - says the clinic was particularly busy that day, so she was told she could go in the back herself to get her pit bull.

"I mean, I really panicked. I really started freaking out."

Foster says what she saw when she opened the kennel door completely shocked her - Tank laying among newspapers soaked in blood, with blood on the walls and floor of the kennel.

"I told him, can you please come back here and tell me why this is this way?"

She says she was told the two-person staff hadn't had any time to check on tank since his surgery earlier that morning.

But Dr. Turbeville says it wasn't as bad as it appeared, and that the dog actually bled very little.

"I suppose he had bled possibly 4 ounces, for a dog that size, certainly not life-threatening," Dr. Turbeville recalled.

Foster was also concerned about the facility's cleanliness.

And while Turbeville admits his kennels are old, he maintains his staff does the best they can to keep up with patients and chores.

"We take the newspaper out that they're lined with. We wipe them out with disinfectant. We pour out the water, we re-paper the cages."

After a trip to a different vet, Tank's on the road to recovery, but Foster says she's worried things could have easily turned out much differently.

"I would tell everybody to check the facility out [before using it]."

Turbeville says he re-imbursed Foster that day for the $125 surgery.

Fosters says she'd brought Tank to Dr. Turbeville in the past for allergy treatments and never had any problems, but says she did file a complaint with the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine about this incident.

An attorney for the board says each complaint is investigated thoroughly.

Each individual doctor is licensed - not each facility - so any inspections or visits that are conducted are generally a result of a complaint filed. Those forms are available on the board's website.

Dr. Turbeville has been practicing veterinary medicine for 55 years in Shreveport and surrounding areas.

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