"Ten things to know"
(Vetfield Animal Hospital in Sunrise, Fla.)
1. Vetfield Animal Hospital is owned and operated by Dr. Mustafa Saleh, who admitted in a Broward County Civil Court filing (Document #47388963) that he is suffering from severe
mental health problems. His exact words in the pleading were that he is hampered by "psychological damage" as well as "mental and emotional distress" and yet he continues to treat animals.
A medical doctor who is suffering from mental health problems is still on the job. Say what? Yep. Go verify this independently. The papers were filed electronically on October 10, 2016,
and they contain Saleh's signature.
2. Dr. Mustafa Saleh has been charged on numerous occasions by the State Of Florida's Department Of Business & Professional Regulation's Board Of Veterinary Medicine with serious violations. Among them were "operating a veterinary establishment or premises without having a premise permit issued under [Fla. Statute] Section 474.215." Having been found guilty of this violation, Saleh was ordered to pay costs and fines totalling $674.47. (Among lead professions attorney Gail Scott-Hill's recommended orders to the Board Of Veterinary Medicine against Dr. Mustafa Saleh were: revocation or suspension of Dr. Mustafa Saleh's license, restriction of Dr. Mustafa Saleh's practice, and placing Dr. Mustafa Saleh on probation).
3. In an entirely separate case brought against Dr. Mustafa Saleh, the State Of Florida's Department Of Business & Professional Regulation's Board Of Veterinary Medicine alleged Dr. Mustafa Saleh violated Section 474.214(l)(o) by committing "fraud, deceit, negligence, incompetency, or misconduct in the practice of veterinary medicine." These allegations came after a client of Saleh was forced to have his dog catheterized and hospitalized by another veterinarian after receiving treatment from Dr. Mustafa Saleh. The case was dismissed after the parties entered into a stipulation with Dr. Mustafa Saleh neither admitting nor denying any of the allegations.
4. Another entirely separate case filed against Dr. Mustafa Saleh by the State Of Florida's Department Of Business & Professional Regulation's Board Of Veterinary Medicine alleged that Dr. Mustafa Saleh was guilty of "incompetence or negligence by failing to practice medicine with that level of skill, care and treatment which is recognized by a reasonably prudent veterinarian." This allegation was formally made after a client by the name of Ted Bartsch left his ailing cat with Dr. Mustafa Saleh for treatment and care only to have the cat die while in the custody of Dr. Mustafa Saleh. Assistant General Counsel Drew F. Winters ruled there was sufficient evidence for a finding of probable cause against Dr. Mustafa Saleh but that too much time had elapsed before Bartsch tendered his complaint to move forward.
5. Dr. Mustafa Saleh's office massively overbilled a client on October 30, 2014, for a puppy neutering. The printed estimate was for $77 and Dr. Mustafa Saleh's office would not return the puppy until the client paid $132. Paperwork indicates the client was double-billed (possibly triple-billed depending on how you interpret the estimate) for pain medication and a voice-recording of a telephone conversation between the parties reveals Dr. Mustafa Saleh's flat-out refusal to so much as even look at the printed estimate to compare it with the final bill. Dr. Mustafa Saleh clearly can be heard telling the client that fixing administrative mistakes is "not my cup of tea" and that it was impossible to return back the stolen money because the reciept already had been "signed for."
6. Dr. Mustafa Saleh went on to sue that client for defamation, among other things, after Dr. Mustafa Saleh was upset (err, embarrassed?) over an online review exposing that incident of theft. The lawsuit fails to meet any of the basic requirements for a valid claim in any Florida court, as it contains neither proof of any damages nor proof of publication of any false statements nor proof that some pre-suit notice was received by the client.
7. That aforementioned lawsuit was filed by Dr. Mustafa Saleh's middle son, Omar Saleh, who is a recent law school graduate (Nova Southeastern University, '11) with no prior defamation experience on his short résumé. The filing of the complaint earned the younger Saleh one of the top spots on the "Worst Attorneys In Miami" website, where he was placed in between a convicted Ponzi schemer, Scott Rothstein (Nova Southeastern University, '88), and an admitted purveyor of child smut, David Rothenberg (Nova Southeastern University, '06). Obviously, no ethics courses are required for the 1Ls at NSU. The dean must be exceedingly proud of these three wonderful lawyers. Go Sharks!! Woo-hoo!!
8. The younger Saleh spends part of his free time volunteering for CAIR. It was reported in 2009 that the United States' FBI broke off formal outreach contacts with CAIR, and shunned all of its local chapters, as it was concerned about CAIR's ties to Hamas. (Hamas is the anti-semitic and homicidal hate-group that endeavors to annihilate Israel).
9. Documents produced in response to a discovery request in the aforementioned defamation lawsuit show that Vetfield Animal Hospital pays about 28 cents for pain pills called Carprofen that it goes and sells to clients for the ridiculous sum of $6.67, a markup of nearly two thousand three hundred percent (2,300%). In the case of the client being sued, he was charged $13.34 apiece, or an approximate markup of four thousand five hundred percent (4,500%).
10. Two local television news crews (the South Florida affiliates of ABC and CBS) traveled to Sunrise, Fla., to speak with Dr. Mustafa Saleh to ostensibly chronicle the theft and Vetfield Animal Hospital's subsequent lawsuit against its own client. But in the most cowardly and gutless manner, Dr. Mustafa Saleh refused to appear on-camera, opting instead to have one of his male-nurses speak with ABC and his attorney-son speak with CBS. (On a side note, what kind of incompetent and unprofessional spineless puppet reporter allows the subject of a story have an attorney speak on his behalf? Journalism must truly be dead in the States).
* There's actually a lot more you should know about Vetfield, its attorney, the bullshit lawsuit they filed, and their money trouble. So check back soon. Maybe I'll add some more information. Consider all of this before deciding who should care for your dog or cat. Should you really go to Vetfield? Or should you boycott Vetfield? Hmm. - Patrick Anthony (Toronto)