PALMDALE – About a dozen protesters gathered Saturday outside Mission Animal Hospital in Palmdale to call attention to the facility’s quality of care.
“We’re just trying to make people aware to avoid this practice,” said Lancaster resident Linda M. Monson-Cianciosi.
The protest was organized by a group called AV Animal Services in response to a letter Monson-Cianciosi submitted to The AV Times. In the letter, published Feb. 9, Monson-Cianciosi claimed her English Bulldog Max was sent home bleeding profusely after a procedure at Mission Animal Hospital. [Monson-Cianciosi’s letter here.]
The AV Times contacted Mission Animal Hospital before the letter was published. An office manager who did not give her name said Mission Animal Hospital had been communicating with Monson-Cianciosi’s husband about Max’s care, but she did not go into specifics about the procedure.
Monson-Cianciosi’s letter spawned hundreds of comments at TheAVTimes.com and on Facebook, many of them negative testimonials against Mission Animal Hospital.
Owner Ayman Ibrahim requested and was granted the opportunity for Mission Animal Hospital to publish a letter on TheAVTimes.com responding directly to Monson-Cianciosi’s allegations. Then Ibrahim, through his attorney, demanded that The AV Times retract Monson-Cianciosi’s letter or face possible legal action.
The attorney’s Feb. 12 letter claimed there were “numerous false statements” in Monson-Cianciosi’s version of the events but failed to specify the allegedly false statements. The attorney also claimed Mission Animal Hospital was bound by confidentiality requirements from publicly disclosing specific information without the pet owner’s approval. [Read the attorney’s letter here.]
Monson-Cianciosi on Saturday said she had not been contacted by Mission Animal Hospital representatives or their attorney for permission to disclose any information.
The AV Times on Saturday attempted to speak with Mission Animal Hospital regarding the protestors gathered outside; however, a representative said the hospital had “no comment.”
We will continue to follow this story.