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Clarksville, TN – Clarksville veterinarian Dr. Ron Whitford went on the attack in a broadcast interview today responding to an email “smear” campaign that alleges he is a “dangerous vet, and could kill your dog,” and says he will spend one million dollars of his own money to sue those responsible for the unfounded attack.
Whitford says he will sue for twenty million dollars, then after paying legal fees, will use the settlement to “Spay and neuter every animal in Montgomery County.”The controversy surfaced after an email was uncovered from a woman named Stacia Bearden, and it claims that Dr. Whitford performed an operation on a friends dog that got sick and died, and upon further testing, determined that Dr. Whitford was responsible because he used “zip ties” during the procedure.
“The first thing that’s wrong with that story is they say the dog in question was sick, and I was rude to them and they should take the dog back to the Animal Control. First of all, I would have never performed an operation on a sick dog. Never have, never will, says Whitford. I’ve been practicing for over forty years, and I have never had a problem with zip ties. They’re used by one of the largest animal clinics in the country.”
Whitford continues, “The story has now changed, and they now say that the dog in question belonged to a hairdresser who was friends of this lady’s cousin. Now, we have been able to link this lady (Bearden) to some very prominent people in our community, very prominent. We’ve sent word to them asking what they know about Stacia Bearden and this story.”
Whitford would not reveal who the “very prominent” people in Clarksville were. “Not until I have all the facts.”
Whitford said he has also received an email from a former Leaf-Chronicle reporter, Sandy Britt, who allegedly threatened him with “If you don’t watch yourself, and stop trying to slam these groups for not doing what people think they’re doing, then she (Britt) might have to go back to her old stomping grounds at the Leaf Chronicle and do you (Whitford) in. Whitford said, “Go for it.”
Several members of the newly formed Montgomery County Friends of the Shelter are former volunteers with the local Humane Society, and tell Clarksville Online that the reason they left was because Humane Society board members would not let them see the books, and see where the money was going. The Clarksville-Montgomery County Humane Society has a paid staff, and provides low cost spay-neuter vouchers to qualified individuals that are honored at most local veterinary clinics. Whitford’s St. Bethlehem Animal Clinic is not one of those clinics, and his spay-neuter clinic is not listed on their website.
Whitford says he’s offered to supervise the Montgomery County Animal Control for “one dollar per year” and they (Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers) have not taken him up on it. He also said, “I told Mayor Bowers that I would serve on the animal control committee and offer my expertise to her on this problem, and she hasn’t taken me up on that either.”
“I don’t care who supervises Animal Control,” said Whitford. “These animals are living in terrible conditions, and they are sick, and have the potential to spread disease to more animals, and even humans. I just want them to address this problem, because it will only get worse.”
Clarksville Online will continue to follow this story. To hear the interview visit, www.wjzm.com/podcast .
For more on the story, see: Clarksville Veterinarian Target of Attack
Hank Bonecutter is a retired broadcaster and media consultant based in Clarksville, Tennessee.
His career includes stints at WKDA/WKDF and WKQB Rock 106FM, WLAC-AM in Nashville.
He concluded his career as owner/talk show host at WJZM-AM in Clarksville.
He has also performed stand-up comedy at various comedy clubs around the region, including Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, and The Comedy Catch in Chattanooga.
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TopicsCarolyn Bowers, Clarksville Online, Clarksville TN, Clarksville-Montgomery County Humane Society, Email, Grants, Montgomery County Animal Control, Montgomery County Friends of the Shelter, Montgomery County Mayor, Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, neuter, Ron Whitford, Sandy Britt, spay, St. Bethlehem Animal Clinic, Stacia Bearden, The Leaf Chronicle, Tim Clifton, Veterinarian, WJZM 1400 AM, Zip Ties
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