Veterinarian sued for $250,000 in death of dog

March 06, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

An Odenton dog owner filed a $250,000 lawsuit yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court against an Annapolis veterinarian, alleging that the veterinarian misdiagnosed his dog and euthanized it.

In the lawsuit, Richard Andreski of the 600 block of Realm Court West alleges that Dr. Brian Cassell of the Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic told him April 26, 1995, that his pedigreed Rottweiler had cancer.

The dog, named "Chunky," was euthanized. But an autopsy determined that it was not suffering from any form of cancer, the suit says. If Dr. Cassell had done a biopsy he would have been learned that the dog could have been saved, the suit alleges.

Dr. Cassell refused to comment yesterday.

The lawsuit seeks $25,000 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in punitive damages. It seeks another $25,000 for breach of contract.

Pub Date: 3/06/96

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