Punish Veterinarian Who Allegedly Maimed and Killed Dogs

Target: Matthew Ritter, Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives

Goal: Enhance criminal penalties for veterinarians accused of animal cruelty.

A veterinarian in Connecticut was charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly caused a 10-week-old puppy’s death from overheating. Making this case even worse, the veterinarian had previously been accused of animal cruelty during an unrelated case. In that incident, the doctor reportedly performed an unnecessary surgery on a different dog, causing sickness and tremendous weight loss to the animal.

These highly concerning incidents signal a serious lapse in animal cruelty statutes. At the very minimum, this supposed professional should have been prohibited from taking care of another animal until the first charges were resolved. Further, his status as a licensed expert in veterinary medicine assigned to him a higher standard of care. He had a greater recognition of the consequences of his alleged actions, and any charges or potential punishments should reflect that understanding.

Sign the petition below to encourage needed changes in animal cruelty laws that would hold veterinary professionals more fully accountable for apparent acts of cruelty.


Dear Mr. Ritter,

The crime of Malicious or Intentional Cruelty to Animals can carry a significant penalty in Connecticut. Would you consider maiming a dog by cutting him open for a surgery he did not even need to fall under such a statute? A Bridgeport man allegedly performed this action. Unlike other potential perpetrators, however, this accused abuser was released and allowed regular contact with many animals. The consequences may have been deadly, because now he faces charges of overheating a weeks-old puppy to death.

The difference between this man and most other defendants: he was a veterinarian…someone who can be exempted from the worst animal cruelty charges under Connecticut law. This man’s standing as a trusted caretaker and licensed professional should merit an enhancement of charges, not an exemption. If guilty, he broke the trust of people who entrusted him with pets they considered family. In the most tragic instance, he is accused of ending a life.

Please help ensure such a potential miscarriage of justice never happens again. Strengthen state animal cruelty laws so that professionals who should know better receive maximum prosecution and punishment for acts of gross negligence and cruelty.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jamin Riverside



  1. This “veterinarian” needs the same thing done to him. Unnecessary surgery, remove his heart if you can find it

  2. In that case you will find his liver. Remove it and both kidneys yes. In a fair nation this piece of garbage would be executed.

  3. dirley varotti says:


  4. This vile, mentally deranged evil cretin must have the death penalty implemented and nothing less.

  5. This HORRIBLE ABUSER needs to be prosecuted to the FULLEST extent of the LAW under the PACT ACT!!!

  6. Jaime Perez says:

    You’re supposed to be able to trust your vet with your precious pet, this sadistic monster ruins things for other good, caring vets. He needs to go to jail for the rest of his miserable life.

  7. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    WHY was this veterinarian’s license not revoked after he performed unnecessary surgery on a dog? This miscarriage of justice led to the death of another animal under his “care.” REVOKE HIS LICENSE to practice veterinary medicine in ALL 50 STATES NOW. Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law for egregious animal abuse and cruelty, and negligence leading to the maiming and death of two animals. BAN him from ever purchasing, owning, caring for or working with ANY animals ever again. Horrendous.

  8. Destroy the bastard. The pathetic justice system just enables scumbags to do vile acts again and again. End this wickedness and burn the bastards

  9. Hell no take this vets license away and never allow him to care for animals again. Animals are so innocent and precious they have feelings to and trust me they know when there in harm. We need to protect these babies from abusive people. Put a stop to this NOW.

  10. I agree with all the comments!!

  11. Do him the same way. The maggot needs to not be around animals. Y had no one reported his ass.That maggot would never be around my dogs or cats. He does not need to be a veterinarian.Lose his license. Report his butt to the medical board,lose his job.If u r tired,retire. Don’t misuse animals for ur frustations

  12. Cynthia Mattera says:

    why does this monster still have a license to be a vet?????? he should be in prison and his license revoked forever!

  13. Debra Goldstein Lustig says:

    This is unconscionable. This scumbag veterinarian must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and NEVER permitted to go near an animal again.

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