A dog owner got a call on Monday that shook her to the bone.
“I got hysterical,” said dog owner Kimberly Hayden. “I was like what are you (the veterinarian’s assistant) talking about? She was there for a follow up. And she goes, ‘no, we extracted her eye.'”
Hayden has owned 13-year-old Chloe her whole life.
“You weren’t authorized to do any of that what do you mean you have taken my dogs eye out. And she (the veterinarian’s assistant) is like hold on minute we have more than one Chloe here today maybe I have the wrong file.”
The Tyrone Banfield Animal Hospital had the right file – but performed the wrong procedure on Chloe. On Friday, Chloe’s left eye looked like it was tearing up and irritated. Kimberly took her to the hospital.
“They said she had an abrasion on her eye. And the first thing they said was bring her tomorrow (Saturday) morning and have her eye removed. I said no what are other options?”
She went with a medicine only option hoping to avoid removing the eye. So she went with eye drops and other medication for over the weekend, then brought Chloe back in Monday just for a “follow-up” so the vet could watch her eyes throughout the day to see how the dog was doing. Then after Hayden was done with work that day she would pick Chloe back up.
Hayden said she was happy to see the medicine looked like it was helping by Monday morning.
“Then next thing I got was a call saying my dog was recovering well from surgery,” said Hayden.
The hospital sent us this statement admitting they failed to get permission for the surgery but say it was necessary.
Kimberly has posted her story on Facebook and reached out to media such as the Bone radio show with host Mike Calta. Calta talked with 10 News and provided us with Hayden’s name so we could reach out to her. Hayden said she was glad that he did that because she wants to warn everyone she knows about the Tyrone Banfield Animal Hospital inside the Petsmart.
She said she will never take Chloe back there again even after the manager’s apology.
Below is the statement the hospital provided:
“At Banfield Pet Hospital, we are committed to partnering with clients in all decisions regarding their pet’s care. In the instance of Chloe, although the care provided was medically necessary based on the severity of her condition and lack of response to therapy, we did fail to get surgical authorization from the client on the day of the procedure. However, we had previously discussed the need for surgery with the client—we also communicated that surgery was critical to alleviate Chloe’s pain and potential for infection. We apologize for the lack of clear communication and will continue to attempt to reach Ms. Hayden in an effort to further resolve her concerns. In the meantime, we wish Chloe a speedy recovery.”
A Hollywood woman was arrested on a cocaine trafficking charge after she admitted during a security search at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that she was holding cocaine in her vagina, according to an arrest affidavit.
KathyAnn Ferguson, 26, flew in on a JetBlue flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office affidavit stated.
During a secondary search, authorities said, Ferguson admitted to a Customs and Border Protection officer that she had a package inside her vagina.
Once in custody, Ferguson voluntarily removed the package, which tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit said. The cocaine totaled 175 grams, or about six ounces.
In a bond court appearance on Monday, Judge John “Jay” Hurley said the allegations against Ferguson make it appear as if she was working as a “drug mule, for lack of a better term.”
So-called drug mules are employed by drug traffickers to transport narcotics.
Ferguson was taken to a hospital for further medical attention before she was booked into the Broward Main Jail.
She was released on a $15,000 bond, jail records show.
An Alachua woman was arrested early this morning on charges of child neglect and reckless driving after she was clocked traveling through High Springs at 100 mph, according to a booking report.
On Tuesday at about 11 p.m., a High Springs police officer spotted a vehicle traveling on U.S. 441 at about 100 mph. The officer caught up with the vehicle more than a half-mile down the highway and identified its driver as 40-year-old Alachua resident Kimberly Ann Lucier, according to the booking report.
Lucier told the officer she was speeding because she was about to run out of gas, and her 15-year-old daughter, a passenger, needed to use the bathroom.
“Driving that fast could have resulted in physical injury to the child,” the report stated.
The teen was released to a friend, and the officer noted he would contact the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Lucier was booked into the Alachua County jail on charges of reckless driving and child abuse, the report stated.
Two men have been charged with burglary after being found sleeping in a rental property they had not paid to use, according to the Holmes Beach Police Department.
Scott Francis Petrelli, 47, and Guy Vincent Massiello, 58, were arrested at a home in the 4000 block of Fifth Avenue in Holmes Beach, according to the report.
Officers went to a rental home around 12:30 p.m. Monday and found Petrelli and Massiello sleeping in the back porch. Police reported no one was supposed to be in the unit.
An officer woke both men and learned they had used the electricity, cable TV, propane grill, pool and shower for up to nine days. Police reported the unit rents for around $350 a day and neither Petrelli or Massiello had paid.
Petrelli was being held in Manatee County jail on $3,000 bond and Massiello was being held on $1,500 bond, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website.