Trial over injured horse scheduled to begin

A lawsuit against a Harlingen-based veterinarian is scheduled for trial Monday in Brownsville over allegations of negligence after a horse belonging to two Cameron County residents suffered severe burns after being treated for hair loss.

Raymond Banda and Delia Arnold Banda sued John G. Montalbano, who does business as The Country Vet, and Noel Ramirez, a veterinarian at the business, in April, alleging the duo was negligent in caring for their horse, Gannicus.

Montalbano, Ramirez and The Country Vet, in their response to the lawsuit, generally denied all of the allegations.

Raymond and Delia took their horse to The Country Vet on Feb. 27, 2016, because it was experiencing hair loss, according to the lawsuit.

“Dr. Ramirez conducted a skin graph and determined Gannicus had a fungus similar to that of a dog with mange. He recommended a bath with medicated shampoo and a Lime Sulfur Dip,” the lawsuit states. “Dr. Ramirez instructed two fifteen year-old female volunteers to bathe Gannicus and administer the Lime Sulfer Dip.”

Ramirez said he told the volunteers to dilute the Lime Sulfer Dip with one gallon of water before pouring it onto the horse, according to the lawsuit.

“Unfortunately for Gannicus, that did not happen. The unsupervised volunteers did not dilute the Lime Sulfer Dip and poured it directly onto his coat full strength. Gannicus immediately began to jump, grunt, cry and finally jumped out of the shoot and began running in circles. Eventually, he passed out from the pain and burns he sustained from the Lime Sulfur Dip,” the lawsuit states.

Both volunteers told Ramirez they thought the solution had been diluted already, and Ramirez ordered the volunteers to water down the horse immediately and he administered several Atrophine shots, according the litigation.

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