LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed criminal charges against a San Fernando Valley man for allegedly posing as a doctor and operating an unlicensed after-hours veterinary clinic in Van Nuys.
"Animals' lives are in jeopardy if unlicensed individuals perform surgery, prescribe medication and purport to provide needed care," said City Attorney Feuer. "My office takes very seriously protecting the safety and welfare of animals, and we will aggressively prosecute when animals are endangered." Feuer added, "I urge the public to take care to assure they entrust their pets only to licensed vets.”
Hector Antonio Manjivar, 52, is charged with one count of unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine. If convicted, Manjivar could face up to one year in jail and $2,000 in fines.