ST. CATHERINES, Ontario — Former employees of the Skyway Animal Hospital, have spoken out against a veterinarian suspended for animal abuse. Dr. Mahavir Singh Rekhi received a ten-month suspension for choking and hitting animals that were under his care. However, the four former employees are saying that the sentence given by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) is just a slap on the wrist. If Rehki completes a series of “half-day mentorship sessions and seminars about the proper handling of animals,” he could be treating animals as soon as December 2016.
The first claims against Rekhi surfaced in 2014 when employees brought video evidence of abuse to the CVO. After court proceedings, Rehki received a 10-month suspension on August 20th, 2016. Former employees captured the video footage over the course of three years. One of the employees, a vet technician named Larissa, appears in some of the videos and admits that guilt still binds her when she thinks of the times that she was present. Larissa and another technician named Jessica Hamilton, reveal that they often tried to pull the animals from Rehki’s hands but that he would deflect their attempts.
The video footage shows Rehki, swinging around an unconscious cat and slamming his body against a cupboard, beating a dog on the snout with metal nail clippers and choking and punching others, among many other cases of abuse and mishandling. Both Hamilton and Larissa are hoping that no one ever goes to see Rehki again even if he does return to his job as a veterinarian.
There is now a petition circulating online that is aiming to revoke Rehki’s license. To learn more about this heartbreaking case and sign the petition against Rehki follow this link.
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