Veterinary Board: Dog Illegally Vaccinated by Metro Man Bites Person

Wednesday, October 6th 2010, 6:12 pm
By: News 9

By Gan Matthews, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – The state Veterinary Board said James Allen has vaccinated close to 1,000 animals illegally.

The Board said Allen, who is not a veterinarian, has held nine outdoor clinics including one in a Walmart parking lot last month.

Now, one of the dogs Allen allegedly vaccinated bit someone.

"We've received information that a bite did occur here in the Oklahoma City metro area, and we're currently trying to ascertain the exact details of the circumstances surrounding this bite. And we're going to continue with our investigation," said Dale Fullerton, a veterinary board investigator.

Fullerton said the dog has been quarantined at an animal shelter somewhere in the metro area. And he said the owner of the dog will be required to get it re-vaccinated by a veterinarian.

James Allen told NEWS 9 he's not doing anything illegal. In fact, he said he's offering a low-cost alternative to pet owners of modest means.

Allen said he has no more clinics planned for now. But if he does hold one, and its location can be learned, the Veterinary Board plans to confront Allen.

"Mr. Allen will be arrested," said Fullerton.

The Veterinary Board said James Allen has made an offer to contact all the pet owners he performed vaccinations for and refund their money if they are dissatisfied.

The Board rejected the offer and said Allen needs to stop completely because he has no legal right to vaccinate any pet.

James Allen told NEWS 9 it's a good thing he vaccinated the dog in the biting incident because he and the dog owner can be confident the dog doesn't have rabies.

He also said he's getting calls from pet owners who are grateful for the low cost vaccinations he supplied.

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