Lawsuit Imminent Over Fatal Microchip

Florida kitten died after vet implanted device in spine.

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A Florida couple is planning to sue Palm Beach County for $50,000 after a county veterinarian accidentally killed a kitten by implanting a microchip into its spine, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The couple is accusing Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control of negligence and trying to cover up the mistake. Their 3-month-old kitten Lolita, a Siamese mix, was killed when she twisted around while veterinarian Daniel Neger was trying to implant the chip with a needle device, the newspaper reported.

There is malpractice for medical doctors, said Kathy Cole, who is suing with her husband Jack. But veterinarians, they seem to get away with it because its never raised.

The Coles are asking for a formal apology and want Neger to be fired.

Animal center director Dianne Sauve responded that Neger is a dedicated and caring vet who is important to the facility. She called the death a tragic accident.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the animal center implants about 10,000 microchips a year and has never had problems with it before.

Sauvre also said that there was no attempt to mislead the Coles.

What staff was doing was trying to figure out what went wrong and trying to manage an escalating situation in our lobby with a pet owner who was somewhat out of control, she said.

Posted: Feb. 15, 2006, 3 p.m. EST

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Lucky    west palm beach, FL

6/5/2010 2:14:10 PM

I just seen the brother. The killer(s) still has not said they were sorry. Like they stated they would do. More lies and cover up

Shalee    Palm Beach Gardens, FL

10/13/2009 4:37:02 PM

This guy is still out there. They feel Lolita was nothing. I wonder what other animals he and they have killed and called it an accident. Is't that how it works. Make a mistake and call it an accient by the animal.

MR. LUCKY    WEST PALM BEACH, FL

5/3/2009 4:30:55 PM

I WAS LUCKY, I WAS NOT KILLED. I WAS SAVED BY MY ONWERS BEFORE THIS DOCTOR KILLED ME. I MISS MY SISTER. HUMANS HOW WOULD FEEL IF YOUR "TIWN" WAS KILLED IN FRONT OF YOU.

shalee    miami, FL

9/9/2008 4:03:59 PM

Cathy Hubbard in Ohio and Sany Highlands, Texas, I hope this happens to someone you know and love. this same thing can happen to a human, if you have pets, make sure you tell your kids they are nothing because that it what you said here. your are ignorant.

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