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NEWS | Veterinary headlines
Longtime veterinarian killed in plane crash in California G
roveway Veterinary Hospital’s Russell Hackler, DVM, 68, was killed in a plane crash Nov. 23 three-quarters of a mile south of the Calaveras County Airport in California. According to reports, Hackler, who lived in Danville, Calif., was fying solo in his homebuilt single-engine Coot A-Amphibian aircraft when it crashed into a hillside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Te National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are conducting an investigation to fnd out what caused Hackler to crash. Te aircraft is built through a kit and can land on and take of from water. Hackler was en route to the airport when he crashed, according to Ian Gregor, public afairs manager with the FAA Pacifc Division. Condolences have been posted on local media sites for the longtime veterinarian. “We will miss you Doc,” writes Dan Willits. “We were blessed to spend Mother’s Day this year with Russ on his plane for a fight around the Bay.” Willits says Hackler donated fights as an auction item for Chabot Elementary for many years. “He truly loved to fy and donated many trips and resources to transport ill children
Russell Hackler was ﬂying solo when his aircraft crashed into hillside. By Julie Scheidegger
to receive medical attention. He was also the Doc of my childhood dog from beginning to end, always with a caring hand and mild manner. We will miss a great man.” His veterinary peers are also mourning his passing. “We were more than associates; we were friends too. I will miss him very much, “ wrote Hermann Bonasch, DVM, of Arroyo Veterinary Clinic on the comments section of a local paper. Gregor says a preliminary report by an NTSB investigator will be posted within a week or two, but it may take months to develop and report a probable cause for the accident.
IN BRIEF | Animal Welfare Canadian SPCA concerned by number of “home neutering” reports By Julie Scheidegger
The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Saskatchewan SPCA) in Canada recently released a statement indicating its concern about the number of reports of dogs that have been injured in attempted neutering procedures at the hands of their owners. Kaley Pugh, manager of animal protection services at the Saskatchewan SPCA, says the majority of the “home neutering” cases handled by the organization in the past few months have involved rubber “Elastrator” bands used to cut off the blood supply to the testicles. The Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) Animal Welfare Committee calls Elastrator bands an unacceptable method of canine sterilization. SVMA Registrar Judy Currie, DVM, says castration by banding causes extreme pain and runs
Spay and Neuter
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“Often the cost of medical care and surgical repair necessary following this attempt at neutering far outstrip the cost of a proper surgical castration done by a veterinarian”
—Judy Currie, DVM
the risk of ineffective castration, self-mutilation as the dog licks the painful or necrotic tissue, and secondary infection. “Often the cost of medical care and surgical repair necessary following this attempt at neutering far outstrip the cost of a proper surgical castration done by a veterinarian,” Currie says. The SPCA says pet owners should be warned that home neutering could result in animal welfare violations and even criminal charges.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of dvm - January 2013
dvm - January 2013
Where did I go wrong?
Pets and Vets
CATalyst survey examines how veterinarians really feel about animal shelters and pet rescue organizations.
What’s new? What’s now?
Employee steals more than $400,000 from clinic
Longtime veterinarian killed in plane crash in California
Canadian SPCA concerned by number of “home neutering” reports
Arrest made in Minnesota veterinary hospital arson
Washington DVM accused of abusing patients, medications
When faced with disaster, practices need a plan
University of Minnesota celebrates 750,000th urolith
Death to debt
Letter of the law
dvm - January 2013