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Quincy vet facing 15-count state complaint

Dr. Drew Kaiser tries to keep a loon calm in this 2004 Herald-Whig file photo. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Registration has filed a 15-count complaint against Kaiser.
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 22, 2016 3:40 pm

QUINCY -- The City of Quincy could soon end its contract with a Quincy veterinarian who oversees the city's animal shelter.

Dr. Andrew Kaiser, who is contracted to oversee the city's shelter, had a 15-count complaint filed against him recently by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Registration, a state agency that registers veterinarians. The Quincy Animal Shelter, 1800 N. 24th, is listed as the site where two alleged incidents took place. The other incidents allegedly took place at Kaiser's practice at the Katherine Road Animal Hospital, 2522 Locust.

Deputy Chief Shannon Pilkington with the Quincy Police Department said Quincy police have conducted a joint investigation with the Illinois State Police into the allegations. Pilkington said the investigation is ongoing and results have been turned over to Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard.

Barnard on Tuesday said he has not filed any charges against Kaiser, 66.

"We're still gathering information," Barnard said. "We're reaching out to experts in that field before we make any decisions."

Pilkington said the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is being consulted. The issue was discussed Monday during a Police Aldermanic Committee meeting, which took place before the regular City Council meeting. Pilkington said the committee, which is made up of Aldermen Tony Sassen, R-4, Michael Rein, R-5, and David Bauer, D-2, will revisit the issue before next week's council meeting and hopes to bring the issue before the City Council at its April 4 meeting.

Kaiser's five-year contract with the city expires July 10, 2017. The city pays Kaiser $15 per day for the care of each living animal delivered by the city. It also pays him to euthanize and dispose of animals.

The complaint against Kaiser alleges 10 different incidents where he failed to possess and apply knowledge and use skill and care in handling animals. There were three charges of alleged unprofessional conduct. He also is alleged to have once charged for services that were not rendered and once failed to keep the premises and equipment clean.

Kaiser was alleged to have shown unprofessional conduct twice at the city shelter. The IDFPR complaint says that he slammed a pitbull breed to the ground on Oct. 22, 2015. That incident came three months after a chihuahua breed came into the facility on July 1. Kaiser is alleged to have stepped on the dog's neck and euthanized it.

According to the complaint three other animals died under his care at Katherine Road Animal Hospital, and others allegedly were mistreated.

Kaiser has operated Katherine Road Animal Hospital since 1984. He also is known for his work with the Raptor Rehabilitation Program, which he started in 1994.

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