My dear friend Dr. Cathy Alinovi was bullied into accepting lies or resigning her veterinary license. Being the strong woman she is, she refused to accept the lies and resigned her license.
Would you sign a contract that named you an animal abuser – when you are not an animal abuser? What if you were forced to give up everything you’ve worked for – for decades – if you didn’t sign? Your business, your livelihood – all gone if you don’t sign a piece of paper. That’s what the State of Indiana did to Dr. Cathy Alinovi.
I’ve known Dr. Cathy for many years. She is the hardest working woman I know. She goes full speed at all times (I suspect she even sleeps fast). She has heart, she’s brave – fearless. As reminder, Dr. Cathy was who spoke against an AAFCO discussion on grocery store waste foods (including plastic packaging) being fed to livestock. She was boo-ed by industry. Needless to say, she truly cares about animals and what they consume.
She doesn’t do anything half-hearted. As example, she believed that food – real food – can cure many ailments with pets. True to her heart, her clinic did NOT carry any prescription pet foods – none. She refused to sell feed grade ‘pet food’ even if Big Pet Feed sales reps told her she needed to.
Enter an employee that worked for Dr. Cathy several years ago. I suspect this employee wasn’t fond of Cathy’s hard work ethics. The employee was fired. And then accusations began.
Local authorities investigated the accusations in 2014 – Dr. Cathy was cleared of every accusation. But the accuser wasn’t done. This time accusations were delivered to the State Attorney General’s office of Indiana. And that office proceeded to bully her which ultimately ended with Dr. Cathy resigning her veterinary license.
The State of Indiana gave her two choices. 1) Sign a contract admitting she abused animals for which she would be penalized 6 months without practicing medicine or 2) Resign her veterinary license forever. She refused to lie. She refused to admit to harming animals when she worked so hard to protect animals. She resigned her license.
Yesterday, Dr. Cathy’s clinic was filled with people who have for years been her clients. Filled with people who trust her, appreciate her for the fantastic veterinarian she is. They came because they too are devastated that ‘the system’ can be so wrong. They are devastated that ‘the system’ didn’t listen to them, didn’t hear the true evidence validating the truth about Dr. Cathy Alinovi. The one abuse accusation that Dr. Cathy agreed happened (one – of over 8 pages of ridiculous fabricated accusations) was kicking a dog. Yes…Dr. Cathy reacted and kicked a dog to stop the dog from attacking a cat. That dog – yesterday – was in Dr. Cathy’s care at her clinic. That’s how much the dog’s owner believed it was ‘abuse’.
The truth about Dr. Cathy Alinovi is this: she is a hero. She is brave beyond brave. She is beyond ethical. The truth is that a small handful of people told big time lies against her, and the State of Indiana chose to believe them instead of believing the truth from hundreds of others.
The State of Indiana Attorney General’s office is tasked with protecting individuals within the state. Well, here’s a huge thing that Indiana Attorney General is ignoring…right now, in every grocery store and big box pet store across Indiana are illegal pet foods. They are being purchased by unknowing pet food consumers and those consumers are bringing illegal, adulterated (per federal law) pet foods into their homes. The State of Indiana Attorney General’s office bothers to go after one single veterinarian based on testimony from a disgruntled fired employee but Indiana Attorney General’s office ignores federal food safety law and neglects to protect hundreds of thousands of consumers and their pets. Who is the State of Indiana really protecting?
One more quick story about my trusted friend…When I first met Dr. Cathy, she called me. She had a client with several cats seriously ill (a couple had died). She suspected it was the pet food and reached out to me to learn what she could do to prevent other pets from getting sick or dying from this pet food. I asked her if I could quote her in a story – quote her that she believed it was the pet food that was making these cats sick. Her response: “absolutely”. In the end, this pet food was recalled – which did save lives. I’m confident it never would have happened without her taking a stance.
Her response allowing me to quote her is rare. VERY RARE. Many, many veterinarians won’t take a stand against a pet food even if they do believe it was the cause of the pet death or illness. But Cathy did. She is 100% all in. She believed the pet food made these cats sick, and she was not afraid of standing behind her belief.
If you read anything negative about Dr. Cathy Alinovi – I assure you, it is untrue. I believe in her today as much as I did the very first day I met her. I take it back, I believe in her more.