“The video regards this news post, is below, along with another version of events (In italics) which if true, do not add up with the news posted below! I know one thing, no animal deserves to be hanged via a lead then slammed into wall; therefore that employee should be punished. If (as it states below the video) the dog had bitten several employees, then it should have had a muzzle on when being handled; that was no reason to abuse the dog! But why has it taken a year for the video to surface? Didn’t the person who took the video think it should have been handed to police straight away; so the employee could have been punished? If the incident did indeed happen a year ago, how can we be sure this female employee, Stefanie Stasse hasn’t committed other violent attacks??”
ORLANDO, Fla. — An employee at a local veterinarian’s office has been fired after she was caught on camera slamming a dog against a wall.
WFTV discovered the employee, Stefanie Stasse, was fired following Thursday’s story.
Friday, the office’s owner said he wants her prosecuted, after defending her Thursday.
Dr. Mohammad Hassan claims he had to go by what his employees told him about the incident, and was also under advice from his lawyer not to say otherwise.
Even though he said Thursday the incident happened a year and a half ago, Friday he said he doesn’t know when the video was taken.
Hassan, who stood up for his employee after alarming video of vet tech Stasse was posted on YouTube, said she is now fired. “None of this really adds up, clearly there is something amiss!“
Hassan said he is going to press charges. “If she should serve time in jail, I don’t mind that,” Hassan said.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigated the alleged abuse and is turning the case over to the state attorney’s office.
The video shows the dog being slammed against a wall as many as five times.
Hassan said Thursday Stasse had to take extreme measures to control the dog and it wasn’t hurt.
“They are hollow walls there, very soft, it’s not a concrete wall that if you hit the dog you’re going to break his back,” Hassan had said Thursday.
Friday, Hassan said his change of tune was because “Yesterday all I had was the statements from the employees.”
Three former employees contacted Channel 9 after the story aired Thursday.
Hassan said he fired Sheena Torres, but she claims she quit after seeing abuse and mistreatment.
“I was not fired, I walked out. I walked out. He was angry with me because I told him, ‘Listen, this cat has been here all day without treatment,'” Torres said.
Torres even complained to Animal Services. Reports show the officer found it hard to determine the validity of some claims because the officer was not a veterinarian.
“I just hope my clients don’t hold this against me personally or my good staff,” Hassan said.
Viewers were so upset over the video, they even posted a petition to fire Stasse and close the clinic. (Petition below the video)
It will be up to the state attorney’s office, once it gets the case, to press charges.
WFTV also contacted the Department of Business and Professional Licensing Friday, but they have not commented on whether they are investigating or not. “Now please read the news that accompanies the video!”
24 Hr Emergency Pet Hospital Orlando – Dr. Mohammad Hassan
Published on 27 Jun 2013
Please sign this petition to make this animal abuser pay for her crime.
Located near the intersection of Good Homes Rd and Clarke Rd behind the Circle K on the corner.
The Vet states that this video was placed on youtube by an ex disgruntled employee who was fired. He also alleges that the video was tampered with and pieced together and it does not show the entire incident. He states that the incident is 10 minutes in its entirety and if we were to see the entire video, we would agree with what this employee did.
Let me laugh first… lol! Now… seriously!?! I could care less if a disgruntled ex employee posted this crime of animal abuse on youtube. BUT… I do have thoughts about the lady depicted in the cell phone video committing the crime of animal abuse. WHO…… I say WHO in his or her right state of mind would pick a dog up off the floor and hang it by its leash and SLAM it repeatedly into the wall!?!
This is the employee who should have been fired but instead the vet supports the employee for doing this and she remained there after this incident and was employed there as of yesterday when this was broadcast on the news for this incident is being investigated now. I have to ask….. this is one video that was made public….. what happened there all those other days and how many animals received abusive treatment there???
This is a copy and paste from the news report that aired on TV yesterday.
Video: Dog slammed against wall at Orlando pet clinic
State Attorney‘s office investigating possible animal abuse
ORLANDO, Fla. –
Allegations of dog abuse at an Orlando animal hospital have now forced the state attorney’s office to consider charging the clinic’s manager after graphic video showed her slamming a small dog against a wall by its leash.
The woman seen slamming the small dog against a wall — at least four times — is the manager at the Emergency Pet Hospital on White Road in Orlando, said Veterinarian Dr. Mohammad Hassan, and she is still working at the clinic.
That tipster, who asked to remain anonymous, calls what is seen on the video “abuse” and said “it’s horrendous.”
“There’s right and wrong, and you just don’t do it,” said the tipster. “There are proper ways to handle things. This poor dog doesn’t have a voice. This poor dog couldn’t go and tell his owner that he was being mistreated.”
On the video, the dog yelps and has a cone around its head, indicating it may have recently underwent surgery. The manager wrestles with the dog’s tiny collar and when the dog appears uncooperative.
“I was very upset when I saw the video,” said Hassan. “It does look very bad because the video was altered and trimmed.”
Hassan said what we don’t see on the short video clip is what happened in the 10 minutes before the manager lost her patience. He said the dog bit several workers, was uncontrollable and his manager made several different attempts to handle the dog.
When asked if there is a better way to take care of that dog, Hassan said, “There’s always a better way.”
As far as this being a case of animal abuse, Hassan does not agree.
“If you see the video as-is, I’m sure it can be considered animal abuse,” said Hassan. “If you see the whole video, you’re going to realize what happened there happens everywhere all the time.”
Hassan said the video is over a year and a half old and believes whoever leaked it has a grudge against him because they were fired.
It’s unclear who owns the dog or if it was injured in the attack, but Hassan asserts it was not.