Veterinary Medical Board temporarily suspends "4 Paws Pet Hospital" and veterinarian's licenses

Posted at 3:24 PM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 22:01:29-04

Local veterinarian Mukand S. Sandhu has been placed on probation and his license has been temporarily suspended. 

According to documents obtained by 23ABC, Sandhu's license was suspended for 14 days starting March 23, 2017. The business', 4 Paws Pet Hospital, license has been suspended for 7 days starting March 23, 2017. 

The suspension comes after an accusation was filed against Sandhu and 4 Paws Pet Hospital on February 1, 2016. 

In the accusation, it details that on November 12, 2012 an individual only identified as "LL" took their dog Max, a 1 year old male Chihuahua, to 4 Paws Pet Hospital to have him castrated.

Max had an undescended left testicle which requires a more extensive surgery. 

According to the documents, Sandhu noted the condition of Max during a physical examination of Max, but it was unclear from the records whether the examination happened before or after anesthesia was administered. 

The accusation claims that during the surgical procedure, Sanhu severed Max's urethra. 

Sandhu referred Max to AV Animal ER for treatment and surgical repair of the urethra where he was managed medically for 24 hours before exploratory surgery was performed. 

During the second procedure, the surgeon with AV Animal ER "formed the opinion that the damage could not be repaired because and area of the urethra caudal to the prostate was completely missing."

The owners were informed and Max was euthanized. 

Now the Veterinary Medical Board has a temporarily suspended Sandhu's license and he will be on probation for four years which started March 23, 2017. 

23ABC reached out to Sandhu for comment and could not reach him on any of the numbers we had listed for him.

23ABC reached out to the attorney who represented Sandhu in this case, Seth Weinstein, he said that Sandhu had no comment on the matter. 

Sandhu is also required to pay investigation and hearing fees to the Veterinary Medical Board totaling nearly $7,000 as well as inspection fees, a fine of $1,500, and $2,022.13 of restitution to the owner(s) of Max for treatment and critical care.

Sandhu must also go through educational training, must submit to quarterly reports and interviews and is subject to random inspections.

View the full order document online.

View the full accusation document online.