TAYLOR, TX -- A veterinarian in Williamson County is facing serious charges after allegations of animal cruelty were filed.
According to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Dr. Dana R. Boehm owns Wellness Veterinary Hospital in Taylor.
The allegations were brought forward after the owner of a 5-year-old English Bulldog named Jax was boarded at the clinic for 7 days.
According to the Jax's owner, the dog was unable to walk, was covered in urine, and had sores all over his body. Before he was dropped of at the clinic Jax was healthy and home video surveillance of the day he was dropped off showed was in perfect condition.
Jax was taken to another clinic for emergency care but had to be put down due to the injuries he sustained.
The WilCo Animal Control Office confirmed the following injuries on Jax:
- Four holes on his hind leg and two holes the size of a quarter between his foot and hip
- The skin was completely missing in some areas and exposing either bone, ligaments, and or tendons
- Hole in one of the legs about the size of a dime.
- a hind limb had a hole the size of a quarter in it and other injuries.
As part of the investigation, detectives searched the clinic with members of the State Board of Veterinarians and noted the following issues:
- Unclean, unhealthy conditions in the areas Jax would have been kept and had access.
- Strong, foul odors, feces, urine puddles, urine-soaked clothing, uncapped used syringes, and loose medications.
- Animals being kenneled and boarded in these conditions, as well as a lack of food and water.
As a result, all the animals that were boarded at the clinic were returned to their owners and a warrant of arrest was issued for Dr. Boehm.
Bohem would ultimately turn herself into the Travis County Jail. She was charged with Animal Cruelty, a Class A Misdemeanor.
Further charges could be added after the investigation is completed.