A Moore County man has been charged with practicing as a veterinarian without a license.
Timothy L. Holton, 32, was indicted Friday, April 19 by a Moore County grand jury on charges of unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine and impersonation of a licensed professional.
The indictments allege that between June 2012 and Sept. 26, 2012, Holton “recklessly practiced veterinary medicine and did diagnose, treat, correct, change, alleviate or prevent animal disease, illness, pain, defect, injury or other physical, dental or mental conditions by any method without being licensed to do so by the Board of Veterinary Examiners.”
Sheriff’s investigator Mike Rainey started an investigation of Holton after Dianne Tipps reported taking her dog to the Hilltop Animal Clinic to have it checked to see if it was in labor.
She told the officer that Holton performed a ‘C’ section on her dog and delivered six puppies, but the mother dog died. According to the deputy’s report, the puppies later died.
Tipps told the investigator that someone then told her that Holton was not a licensed veterinarian, so she contacted the Tennessee Department of Health and learned that he was not.
Holton is free on a $4,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Moore County Circuit Court May 24.
—By WAYNE THOMAS, Tullahoma News Staff Writer (Wayne Thomas may be reached by email a email@example.com)