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A Park Forest veterinarian whose troubled disciplinary past includes allegations of substandard care that left pets dead, "drooling into" a dog during surgery and watering down vaccines to boost profits has been criminally charged for allegedly failing to report dog fighting.


Dr. Gary Friederich, 64, owner of the Park Forest Animal Clinic, was arrested at his Palos Park home Thursday and charged with violating state veterinary law, according to the Cook County sheriff's office.

The three-month investigation began after police received numerous complaints about the clinic, including photos that showed urine-soaked boxes and blood-caked syringes inside the operating room. State investigators were also eying the clinic's medical and records-keeping practices.
Undercover investigators from the sheriff's office took dogs that had been brought to south suburban animal shelters with dog-fighting injuries to Friederich for treatment, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

One undercover officer brought a black female pit bull that had its left ear bitten off to Friederich, who instructed the officer to bring the animal to the back door after being told it had been injured in a dogfight, according to a police report.

Friederich asked the officer if the dog had won and then, when the officer asked if his dog could fight again, was told it would be "as good as new," the report says. During the next visit, Friederich asked an assistant "We just gave that dog a rabies shot, right?" winked at the officer and billed him $55 for the shot.

Later testing showed the pit bull had never been vaccinated for rabies and was in worse condition than when the officer brought it to Friederich, according to a police report.

Friederich, whose veterinary license is temporarily suspended, has now been disciplined six times by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. In its most recent, 21-count complaint filed last month, he is charged with "professional incompetence" and "gross malpractice."

A prior complaint filed in the early 1990s alleged that Friederich put a live dog in a freezer, smoked a cigar during surgery, and sedated animals -- without their owner's consent -- that were "too loud" or had come in for grooming.

He was also charged with accepting $200 but never treating a stray dog that had been struck by a van in 1986. An employee told investigators that Friederich left the dog to die and then cut open its leg and stitched it back together to make it appear the animal had been treated, records show.
Friederich allegedly told the owner the dog had to be put to sleep because of its injuries.

In another case, Friederich was charged with withdrawing blood from the heart of a cat whose owner was boarding it and using the blood for an operation on another cat, records show. Friederich allegedly told an employee to tell the boarded cat's owner that the needle marks were from treatment for a respiratory infection.

His next court date is set for Jan 31.

According to records from the Department of Regulation, he was suspended last month for falsely reporting rabies vaccinations, failing to maintain sanitary conditions and failing to maintain an inventory of controlled substances. Last month's suspension was the sixth time the state imposed disciplinary action against the doctor since 1988.
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I find it ludicrous this man was able to practice veterinary medicine for so long. The alleged actions of this vet are those of a man who doesn't give a crap about animals period. I mean pretending to give Rabies vaccines? This statement I found most appalling though
Later testing showed the pit bull had never been vaccinated for rabies and was in worse condition than when the officer brought it to Friederich, according to a police report.
I hope he is never allowed to work with animals AGAIN.
 

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This man should be ashamed of himself. I hope that if he is ever to become ill the doctors play around with him like he played around with the health of an innocent animal.
 

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I would've only continued to work for that vet under the sole condition that I was aiding in the investigation! SMH.. That is just uncalled for and outrageous behavior on his part! I know all veterinarians take an oath, just like regular doctors do, before they actually receive their doctorate.. guess it didn't mean jack to this man.
 
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Anyone who believes this story and the lies and hatred the media are spewing should be ashamed. This man is a dedicated veterinarian who loves the animals he cares for. He is accused of going beyond the call of duty and that is all. Helping to get people tags and rabies shots and care for injured animals that would be turned away elsewhere. Dr Friederich is known for being a pit bull friendly Doctor and that is one of the main reasons he is being targeted. Providing care at a fraction of the price to people in Chicagoland that wouldn't be able to afford animal health care otherwise and dealing with our breed of dog which is otherwise turned away at many clinics in the city these days. Get your head out of the sand people! If you own this breed you are being stereotyped. Dr. Friederich was no different. He is a friend to our breed.
 

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That is so sickening! But sadly this isn't the only vet that has done this. It's disgusting IMO, you're supposed to be HELPING animals.
 

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In old school legit [] matches, there was generally a cutman ;) veternarian close by just like in boxing. I do not condone dog fighting. The [] and the match contests that measure game are not just simple or barbaric dogfighting,and should not be confused as such. So the mans Old School most likely and knows these dogs have been bred for such and are gladiator dogs. When Im 88 I will be singing puff the magic dragon right in the middle of town, you see what Im saying? when we get old its not like we give a fk... Hes an old man of old school times. Pointing your finger at someone leaves 3 pointing back at you.

Its a good story, and worth further investigations to see how it all plays out and how many rings are involved.
 

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In old school legit [] matches, there was generally a cutman ;) veternarian close by just like in boxing. I do not condone dog fighting. The [] and the match contests that measure game are not just simple or barbaric dogfighting,and should not be confused as such. So the mans Old School most likely and knows these dogs have been bred for such and are gladiator dogs. When Im 88 I will be singing puff the magic dragon right in the middle of town, you see what Im saying? when we get old its not like we give a fk... Hes an old man of old school times. Pointing your finger at someone leaves 3 pointing back at you.

Its a good story, and worth further investigations to see how it all plays out and how many rings are involved.
Ah, the fact he was allegedly charging people for vaccines and not giving them to the animals and such is more what bothered me, Stan.

A Park Forest veterinarian whose troubled disciplinary past includes allegations of substandard care that left pets dead, "drooling into" a dog during surgery and watering down vaccines to boost profits
He'll have his day in court, but reading the above allegations and about blood caked syringes being found in the office doesn't make him look like a veterinarian with any sort of ethics.
 

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Ah, the fact he was allegedly charging people for vaccines and not giving them to the animals and such is more what bothered me, Stan.

He'll have his day in court, but reading the above allegations and about blood caked syringes being found in the office doesn't make him look like a veterinarian with any sort of ethics.
His ethics were the sort that he treated many peoples animals in the area pro bono because they couldn't afford to pay. His ethics were that he would come to your home in the middle of the night to help and his clients had his personal mobile phone number. Sounds like someone is a little gullable and easily sucked into the media mindset. Suprising you would own a pit bull at all you know I believe I read in a newspaper once they had a blood lust and turn on their owners with lock jaw. LMFAO. Guess what when you do surgery there is blood and syringes. He did the best ear crops in Chicago - 90 dollars a dog. He once took care of a friend of mine's dog who was involved in a yard accident for two weeks and charged him 150 dollars to fix him up. A squirrel fell out of a tree in my front yard a few weeks ago and his daughter came by to pick it up and nurse it to health. Doesn't add up to someone watering down medications to boost profit - lol. Maybe he took a medication for a much larger animal and reduced the strength of it to administer. It is very easy to twist the truth when you are making the rules and printing whatever version you think sounds the most emotionally charged - oh - and when your audience is as gullable as folks on this "pit bull" community seem to be.
 

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His ethics were the sort that he treated many peoples animals in the area pro bono because they couldn't afford to pay. His ethics were that he would come to your home in the middle of the night to help and his clients had his personal mobile phone number. Sounds like someone is a little gullable and easily sucked into the media mindset. Suprising you would own a pit bull at all you know I believe I read in a newspaper once they had a blood lust and turn on their owners with lock jaw. LMFAO. Guess what when you do surgery there is blood and syringes. He did the best ear crops in Chicago - 90 dollars a dog. He once took care of a friend of mine's dog who was involved in a yard accident for two weeks and charged him 150 dollars to fix him up. A squirrel fell out of a tree in my front yard a few weeks ago and his daughter came by to pick it up and nurse it to health. Doesn't add up to someone watering down medications to boost profit - lol. Maybe he took a medication for a much larger animal and reduced the strength of it to administer. It is very easy to twist the truth when you are making the rules and printing whatever version you think sounds the most emotionally charged - oh - and when your audience is as gullable as folks on this "pit bull" community seem to be.
We'll see how this all plays out. The truth doesn't lie, so it will eventually come out. The newspapers always over exagerate things, but if any of these allegations are true, he can't be practicing. Just my opinion, and I'm not gullable.
 

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His ethics were the sort that he treated many peoples animals in the area pro bono because they couldn't afford to pay. His ethics were that he would come to your home in the middle of the night to help and his clients had his personal mobile phone number. Sounds like someone is a little gullable and easily sucked into the media mindset. Suprising you would own a pit bull at all you know I believe I read in a newspaper once they had a blood lust and turn on their owners with lock jaw. LMFAO. Guess what when you do surgery there is blood and syringes. He did the best ear crops in Chicago - 90 dollars a dog. He once took care of a friend of mine's dog who was involved in a yard accident for two weeks and charged him 150 dollars to fix him up. A squirrel fell out of a tree in my front yard a few weeks ago and his daughter came by to pick it up and nurse it to health. Doesn't add up to someone watering down medications to boost profit - lol. Maybe he took a medication for a much larger animal and reduced the strength of it to administer. It is very easy to twist the truth when you are making the rules and printing whatever version you think sounds the most emotionally charged - oh - and when your audience is as gullable as folks on this "pit bull" community seem to be.
Notice my use of the word "alleged" when referring to his actions and charges. Innocent until proven guilty, correct? I guess we shall see. Please do not come to this forum and accuse me or any other member of the pit bull community of being gullible because you do not know any of us. Obviously, you know him personally and I hope that the media did twist it up because I know they are good at it. I'm not going to make a decision about him one way or another, but the complaints filed against him since the late 80s were a little irksome.
 

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Notice my use of the word "alleged" when referring to his actions and charges. Innocent until proven guilty, correct? I guess we shall see. Please do not come to this forum and accuse me or any other member of the pit bull community of being gullible because you do not know any of us. Obviously, you know him personally and I hope that the media did twist it up because I know they are good at it. I'm not going to make a decision about him one way or another, but the complaints filed against him since the late 80s were a little irksome.
Really? Sometimes it's better to just to close your mouth instead of putting your foot into it. Please do not come to this forum and accuse you of being gullible? Why not? Is there a rule here against speaking the truth? I see you have been a member almost six whole months - well congratulations. Where should I send the "pit bull expert" pin to? I like how you added I should not make a comment "because I do not know you" yet you should be free to cast your stone against anyone whether you know them or not - including the doctor in this story. Hmmm... I am envisioning a stay at home mommy in her mid 40's that has some scatterbred pit bulls at home. Enlighten me Mommy. While you are at it explain what exactly about the complaints filed against him in the late 80's irked you because I am interested to know if you are able to separate fact from fiction.
 

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Anyone who believes this story and the lies and hatred the media are spewing should be ashamed. This man is a dedicated veterinarian who loves the animals he cares for. He is accused of going beyond the call of duty and that is all. Helping to get people tags and rabies shots and care for injured animals that would be turned away elsewhere. Dr Friederich is known for being a pit bull friendly Doctor and that is one of the main reasons he is being targeted. Providing care at a fraction of the price to people in Chicagoland that wouldn't be able to afford animal health care otherwise and dealing with our breed of dog which is otherwise turned away at many clinics in the city these days. Get your head out of the sand people! If you own this breed you are being stereotyped. Dr. Friederich was no different. He is a friend to our breed.
Well said Bulldozer! I don't know much about Dr. Friederich but one thing I do know and learned along time ago is anytime you own a bulldog or pit bull type or have anything to do with the breed you are a target and stereotyped as a DF. This is nothing new won't be the first or the last time we read something like this. And you never know when it will be you in this situation being wrongfully accused or made an example out of for loving such a controversial breed in the eyes of the media and the people out to destroy these dogs the HSUS and Peta.

Welcome to GP BD I am glad you decided to join us! :clap::goodpost: Now you can send my BD to me I think she wants to come to GA to visit!:D:love2:
 

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Bulldozer talking to people about being here only six months lol that's funny... Why? Just because you've been here a year BUT you have only made seven posts...

If these actions are not true and he is being falsely accused maybe you should be standing next to him fighting the judge and jury instead of trying to start an argument on a purely informative post on the web...
 

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Interesting. Glad you shed a bit of personal knowledge on this Bulldozer.
 

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Sarge Bulldozer may not post here often but some of us know him from other forums. He is a good guy and knows A LOT about these dogs and has been involved with them for as long as I have been alive. He is coming from a good place and he's right about what he's saying.
 

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That's great and I have no doubt he's a "good" guy and knows alot but so do many others... One thing he obviously hasn't learned is we are all on the same team here and maybe if he would talk to people like they are people then he might get a better reaction... Personal insight on a story like this is welcome by me BUT no need to attack people when they might not know the whole story... It's kind of ironic how he's attacking people when that's what he's attacking them for...
 

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Hey look now I didn't come here to ruffle any feathers but what is being done to this man is criminal not what he has done. He is an old vet and his means of documentation may be far outdated with the paper and rock filing system but he is good man and would help a man with a hurt dog without question and LOVES our breed. He certainly wasn't going to respond to a stranger in the manner the paper said! Doesn't that sound more than a little rediculous. "Hello Dr. this is a fighting dog... and we want you to fix him so we can fight him again see... um and is that okay and you won't report us right because you are into that sort of thing right sir.... um Dr." I mean how stupid do you think this man is. Yes he knew that the local PD didn't like him - because they were placing the blame of overcrowded shelters and the pit bull population on his long standing policy as "pit bull friendly". Hell - I think if you walked in the door with a pit bull it was half off - lol. His daughter told me the other day what a shame it was they were targeting him and he never backed down that is why he was taken down - man I wish there was more people in the world like that. Most of the "pit bull lovers" in the world would tuck tail and run! He did have some delinquent kids work for him before got caught stealing medicine and I wouldn't doubt if these kids are the main witness of all these other claims. The doctor was just too trusting you see. He wanted to best for every animal that walked through the front or back door (as mine often did). I just really hope that people see past the sensationalism and open their minds to the powers that be and the influence they have over people. Sadie is right. This easily could be any of you - putting your children in danger with these viscious animals, hording many at a time for what purpose, caging them or securing them in barbaric ways, and feeding them raw meats to increase their bloodlust. You all are the next great front page story! It's a guaranteed hit! And all it has to make sure that it is - is to post those two words in BOLD print - "PIT BULL". LOL - good luck fellows and be safe!
 
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