Freezer full of dead animals
DISTRAUGHT pet owners claim up to a dozen deceased animals were left in a disused vet surgery in Woolgoolga.
The freezer was found on Tuesday by locals inspecting items up for auction at the Hawke Drive Veterinary Hospital.
“I went to the open day and I found a freezer full of deceased animals,” said one woman who did not wish to be named.
The Woolgoolga woman said she was ‘ropeable’ after the discovery.
“There’s a lot here that hasn’t been done properly,” she said.
Other than deceased animals, visitors on the open day saw medical supplies, jars of preserved animals and soiled cages.
Aylward Auction owner Glenn Aylward said the clinic was tidied before the open day and that all medications were locked away before the auction.
“Once we discovered there was a freezer with deceased animals we contacted the receivers,” Mr Aylward said.
Mr Aylward contacted the receivers, Morgan Chub Clout and Associates, to arrange removal.
The receivers are believed to have organised the removal of the freezer and the burial of the contents.
Veterinarian Terry Johnson, who operated the facility, was suspended from practicing last year by the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board pending the outcome of a NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) hearing set for April 19.