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Clients of Granger vet accused of animal abuse aren't sure what to think

Clients of Granger vet accused of animal abuse aren't sure what to think

New information is being released about the allegations of abuse against local veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Perusek. She works at the Animal Clinic of Granger.

The Indiana Attorney General has filed a complaint with the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

A spokesperson with the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office says they're working to gather more information from the attorney general about the alleged abuse.

They're waiting to see if the investigation will be turned over to the county for potential criminal charges.

The Animal Clinic of Granger's doors were still open Wednesday, despite the investigation into one of its doctors.

In a 16 page document, the attorney general lists claims of abuse against Dr. Perusek. They range from hitting and using shock collars on the animals, to sedating them without the owner's consent.

Most of the people walking into the clinic's doors did read the documents. Some, like longtime client Francie Rosen, didn't know what to think of them.

"Anybody can say anything about anybody until it's proven, to take somebody's name down... until they know, for sure, I wouldn't do that," she said.

For many, where there's smoke, there's fire. The number of abuse allegations was enough to make Rosen's family think twice.

She stopped in to get her dog's records. After decades of going to the clinic, she's changing vets.

"I came to get my papers because my husband wanted me to change doctors, " she said. "I'll try it for a little while."

Just based on her own personal experience, she says it's been good.

"All I can respond to is the way someone has treated me, or my family, or my pet, and it's always been positive and that's all I can tell you," said Rosen.

Another woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, stopped in the clinic to show her support for Dr. Perusek. She says her dog loves the vet, and that both she and her pup are a good judge of character.


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