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Clarksville Veterinarian Target of Attack

Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

Clarksville, TN – An e-mail has been circulating warning of a “dangerous vet in Clarksville” and the target of this attack is Dr. Ron Whitford of the St. Bethlehem Animal Clinic.

The message is from a woman named Stacia Bearden, and details a story about a dog that was taken to Dr. Whitford’s clinic where it was spayed. According to the email the puppy got sick and died.

After the puppy died, another Vet did an autopsy and determined that the original procedure was faulty because Dr. Whitford had used “zip ties” instead of “sterile sutures” to close off the arteries during the operation. The email goes on to warn everybody “not to use this vet, he could kill your dog.”

Whitford is outraged.

In an email obtained by Clarksville Online, Dr. Whitford defends his procedure, and says “One of the top veterinary clinics in the country has done this procedure over 250,000 times without any problems. In my forty years of practice, I know what’s best for an animal, and I will bet my life that the “zip ties” had nothing to do with the death of the animal, if there actually was an animal.  I have the documentation for everything I do in my practice and I defy anybody to accuse me otherwise.”

Dr. Whitford has been the recent target of controversy with a local animal rescue organization that he has been critical of, and has his suspicions on who is behind this smear campaign. Whitford says he has recently taken it upon himself to open a spay-neuter clinic to make the procedure affordable for everyone.

“I’m only interested in cutting down the animal population in Clarksville, and making it possible for everyone to afford to spay or neuter their pet.  Some groups have been collecting money for years  to open such a facility, and we still don’t have one,” said Whitford.  “I’m tired of all talk and no action, something has to be done.”

Dr. Ron Whitford will be a guest on “Clarksville in Review” Saturday morning at 8:00am on WJZM 1400  for an interview about his clinic and this controversy.  Listen and phone in your calls and comments at 931.645.6414.

About Hank Bonecutter

    Hank Bonecutter

    Hank Bonecutter is a forty year broadcast veteran and former radio station owner. His career included, talk-show host, journalist, writer, and producer.  He is president of Bonehead Promotions, an advertising consulting and media firm. He is the owner of and, and is a contributing author/journalist for Clarksville Online.

    Hank worked at several Nashville radio stations, including WKDF, WLAC, WKQB and WKDA.

    He hosted and produced Clarksville’s longest running morning talk-show, “The Bone Show,” from 1994-2012.

    Hank is also a stand-up comedian, having performed at some of the top comedy clubs in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia.

    Hank produced a series of stand-up comedy shows, “Comedy on the Cumberland, ” in Clarksville to benefit local charities.

    You can follow Hank on Facebook and Twitter, @bonecutter01 and @boneheadnews.

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2 Responses to “Clarksville Veterinarian Target of Attack”

  1. tinahartman Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I’m wondering why my comment concerning this article was removed…I’m also wondering how many other contrary options were removed. Is it practice to censor?

  2. Bill Larson Says:
    July 26th, 2012 at 10:09 pm
    Bill Larson

    As I sent Tina in a private message…

    Tina, ___ told me about your concern that one of your comments was removed, that is not the case. All comments submitted by you are still up. However we do occasionally merge multiple sequential comments together. At no point will your comment be censored. We do require that all comments discuss the issues and not devolve to personal attacks, but I doubt we have to worry about that with your comments. If you have any further concerns you can call me at 931-249-0043.

    She got her stories mixed up I think. Her comment is actually here.


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