A veterinary clinic issued a public apology after one of its assistant nurses uploaded pictures of cats undergoing surgery on the internet.
The Asia-Pacific Animal Hospital in Sham Shui Po also said it has reprimanded the nurse, an employee at the clinic, for her improper behavior, Apple Daily reported.
The pictures, taken two to three years ago, shows cats undergoing surgery with a tube in the mouth or post-operation stitches. The nurse is seen in one photo flashing a V sign next to the surgery bed and in another with the body of a dead cat.
Animal rights volunteer Ah-Ting said she was upset by the nurse’s lack of respect when she saw the pictures on the internet. So she decided to post the pictures on her Facebook page on Monday to let others know of the nurse’s inappropriate behavior.
Ting said the nurse in question sent her a message shortly afterwards to explain that she was not making fun of the animals when she took the pictures, and that the cats were on anesthesia at the time.
The nurse asked Ting to remove the pictures from her Facebook account, adding that the cats have recovered well and have been returning to the clinic for their regular vaccinations.
Netizens’ responses were mostly against the nurse, blaming her for being disrespectful to the pets and their owners.
One netizen, who claims to be the owner of one of the cats, said she has forgiven the nurse for her improper behavior. She said the nurse was obviously just being playful, although she had crossed the line.
A spokesperson for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said animal owners are entitled to privacy which extends to their pets, and as such, vet clinics should not take pictures of the pets without the consent of the owner nor should they upload the pictures on the internet.
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