Chesco Vet Accused of Animal Cruelty

Chesco Vet Accused of Animal Cruelty

There are 245 comments on the KYW-AM Philadelphia story from Jul 29, 2006, titled Chesco Vet Accused of Animal Cruelty. In it, KYW-AM Philadelphia reports that:

A Chester County Veterinarian is accused of beating dogs in his care. His co-workers came forward to the county SPCA, claiming they saw Doctor Edward Frankel slapping and punching dogs in head and neck.

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Beth

Honey Brook, PA

#1 Jul 29, 2006
Bologna! I've been going to Dr Frankel for over 15 years and believe that he would never do anything like that. This is all stemmed from the dispute of the vet that bought his office and then fired him and now he is suing her!
Kristen Exton PA

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Jul 30, 2006
Dr. Frankel has been seeing my animal for 7 years. He is the best and he would NEVER harm any animal. It is so sad that people feel the need to lie and smear a good name. I hope that he stays strong through this and knows that he has so much support.
Don-Narvon-PA

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Jul 31, 2006
I've known Ed for 20 years and treated my several critters in that time. Actually he and his staff went the extra, extra yard when I prosecuted a "neighbor" for shooting my dog.
Something real fishy here.
Chris Downingtown

United States

#4 Jul 31, 2006
I agree with the previous comments. Over the last five years, I have been going to Dr. Frankel. In observing Dr. Frankel with our animals, he has always been very concerned about the animals and firm with the technicians. I believe that this firmness was always intended to help the technicians learn the correct way to approach the animals so that all parties involved would be kept safe and treated properly.

Unfortunately, I suspect that the "firmness" he exhibited with the staff is helping to drive the accusations.
(Personally I believe that this is the work of an overly sensitive employee and a business partner trying to force Dr. Frankel out.)

For my part, I will no longer be going to Honeybrook animal hospital. I will instead either seek out Dr. Frankel in his new location or seek a more local vet.
Amy

Philadelphia, PA

#5 Jul 31, 2006
Dr. Frankel is now at Main line Vet Clinic on Route 30 in Frazer. That is where I will now be taking my pet. I would follow him to the moon and back for him to treat my animal. I will NO LONGER be having any dealings with HoneyBrook Animal Hosptial if this the type of people/practice they now are.
Chris Downingtown wrote:
I agree with the previous comments. Over the last five years, I have been going to Dr. Frankel. In observing Dr. Frankel with our animals, he has always been very concerned about the animals and firm with the technicians. I believe that this firmness was always intended to help the technicians learn the correct way to approach the animals so that all parties involved would be kept safe and treated properly.
Unfortunately, I suspect that the "firmness" he exhibited with the staff is helping to drive the accusations.
(Personally I believe that this is the work of an overly sensitive employee and a business partner trying to force Dr. Frankel out.)
For my part, I will no longer be going to Honeybrook animal hospital. I will instead either seek out Dr. Frankel in his new location or seek a more local vet.
Mary of Phoenixville

Newtown Square, PA

#6 Jul 31, 2006
My family and I are outraged at the slanderous,false accusations against Dr. Ed Frankel. We pray more of his Honeybrook patients out there hear of what has happened and rally to his support. We certainly are. He treated 7 of our dogs over fifteen years. He has been there for our dogs and us during our darkest moments and treated them and us with his compassion and caring ways. To know Dr. Frankel is to know one of the most caring, capable vets on this planet who will go to any length to save an animal from suffering. We will cheer when his reputation is cleared. It's easy to try to ruin reputations, but tactics like that don't win. The SPCA should be more careful than to step into contract disputes. As animal lovers who despise any form of animal cruelty, we support Dr. Frankel 100% and know he would never harm an animal.
name witheld

Phillipsburg, NJ

#9 Aug 6, 2006
Let me first start off by saying that I had NOTHING to do with these charges being brought up on Dr. Frankel. I heard of them like everyone else...in the news. But to those of you who are pledging your allegiance to this man, let me assure you that you DON"T know the whole story! I worked for Honeybook Animal Hospital for a short time and witnessed some horrific acts by the "good doctor". I have worked in the veterinary field for 6 plus years, so I am no stranger to animals and the practice of veterinary medicine. What he did was terrible and I couldn't get away from him fast enough! My only regret is that I didn't do something about it myself. Like a coward, I put my tail between my legs (no pun intended) and went on with my life as far away from him as possible. To his "loyal fans", I can only promise you that you have NO IDEA what goes on once he takes your beloved pets into the "back". Bravo to the brave few who came forward and spoke out against this man. If the owners don't appreciate it, I know that the animals do!
Melissa

Lititz, PA

#10 Aug 7, 2006
name witheld wrote:
Let me first start off by saying that I had NOTHING to do with these charges being brought up on Dr. Frankel. I heard of them like everyone else...in the news. But to those of you who are pledging your allegiance to this man, let me assure you that you DON"T know the whole story! I worked for Honeybook Animal Hospital for a short time and witnessed some horrific acts by the "good doctor". I have worked in the veterinary field for 6 plus years, so I am no stranger to animals and the practice of veterinary medicine. What he did was terrible and I couldn't get away from him fast enough! My only regret is that I didn't do something about it myself. Like a coward, I put my tail between my legs (no pun intended) and went on with my life as far away from him as possible. To his "loyal fans", I can only promise you that you have NO IDEA what goes on once he takes your beloved pets into the "back". Bravo to the brave few who came forward and spoke out against this man. If the owners don't appreciate it, I know that the animals do!
Apparently you still show some cowardice or you would have signed your name. I have worked for him for 20 years. I don't remember you. I was the hospital manager and would have been your supervisor. Making accusations without having the nerve to put your name to them doesn't give them much weight in my book. I am willing to say that I have never seen him abuse an animal, EVER, and my office was in the "back" right off the treatment room. I also worked right along with him in the exam rooms, the surgery room and the "back". Did it ever occur to any of you doubters that it has taken the better part of a year for the accusers to come forward, that the SPCA has never confronted Dr. Frankel with the specific allegations before they filed charges, nor do they have anyone to answer to but themselves? So much for due process. You can read the charges all you want, but I think the overwhelming support from his clients and his long time staff members speaks for itself. The news media took it upon themselves to report the story without fully investigating both sides, apparently taking their lead from the SPCA. Talk about character assassination. I am confident that the truth will be told and Dr. Frankel will beat these false and exaggerated charges.
Deb Welter

Greenwich, NJ

#11 Aug 8, 2006
I am a licensed full time Wildlife Rehabilitator and operate a clinic in my home that cared for 242 wild animals last year. Animals are my career and my passion. Dr Frankel is my Wildlife Vet, and I have been at his Honey Brook practice and now at the Main Line Clinic many times. He has ALWAYS treated the animals appropriately and caringly. I have learned a lot from his years of experience. Dr Frankel also provides his services without any charge to my non-profit clinic. He has saved local wildlife rehab clinics thousands and thousands of dollars.
He has a YMCA camp on his property every year, and always asks rehabbers to bring animals and do programs for the kids to expose them to animals and their care.
Does this sound like an animal abuser? I think not. And I am so sure of Dr Frankel's innocence and love for animals that I have offered to take the stand in court for him. I would not trust just anyone with my beloved critters. I trust Dr Frankel completely.
I am outraged that someone would try to tarnish his reputation with what can only be frivolous charges.
Deb Welter, Malvern, PA
name withheld

Orem, UT

#12 Aug 9, 2006
Melissa wrote:
<quoted text>
Apparently you still show some cowardice or you would have signed your name. I have worked for him for 20 years. I don't remember you. I was the hospital manager and would have been your supervisor. Making accusations without having the nerve to put your name to them doesn't give them much weight in my book. I am willing to say that I have never seen him abuse an animal, EVER, and my office was in the "back" right off the treatment room. I also worked right along with him in the exam rooms, the surgery room and the "back". Did it ever occur to any of you doubters that it has taken the better part of a year for the accusers to come forward, that the SPCA has never confronted Dr. Frankel with the specific allegations before they filed charges, nor do they have anyone to answer to but themselves? So much for due process. You can read the charges all you want, but I think the overwhelming support from his clients and his long time staff members speaks for itself. The news media took it upon themselves to report the story without fully investigating both sides, apparently taking their lead from the SPCA. Talk about character assassination. I am confident that the truth will be told and Dr. Frankel will beat these false and exaggerated charges.
I'll refrain from acknowleding whether or not I remember you as the hospital manager and I'll keep my comments to myself as to why I believe that you didn't "see" him abuse animals during your 20 years there or even try to rebut your judgemental comment calling me a coward. I can only say that I wholeheartedly agree with one statement of yours and that is "I am confident that the truth will be told". Lets all pray to God that is what happens and then no one will need to "defend" or "attack" his "good name" any more. The truth will speak for itself. You have to sleep with your own conscience at night- not me.
Melissa

Oaklyn, NJ

#15 Aug 9, 2006
Charles, The good doctor has not solicited his clientele to speak up for him. I know, personally, that they have been contacting him, not the other way around. As for your comment about blaming the young vet trying to get started--you need to know the whole story. That is just what Dr. Frankel was trying to do--give a young veterinarian he has known since she was 5, with no capital to start out with, a chance at owning a veterinary practice. It took him alot of time to pick just the right person. Many others were turned away, including those that could pay for the practice outright, in favor of Dr. Pasquarello. So, the way I see it, she's kicking a gift horse in the teeth with steel-toed shoes.

As for your comment about the SPCA finding the charges credible: They have never investigated both sides. Dr. Frankel was never asked to explain or present his side. Typical autonomous, self righteous tactics by the SPCA. They answer to no one nor do they care to. They have yet to present the exact list of charges to Dr. Frankel. The Chester County SPCA has never been a fan of Dr. Frankel's. They have had their set of differences over the years and I think it's important to know that because it sheds question on just what their motive is in all this. Why would you take the word of someone who is in a bitter legal battle with her former employer/owner of the business she now owns without at least asking the accused what his side is before you slander the man? It is the fault of the SPCA and the media both for not fully investigating both sides before throwing it out to the public. Regardless of who we are speaking about, in this country, there is such a thing as due process and innocent until proven guilty. In this case, both have been swept under the carpet in favor of a sensational and emotional subject. Appalling and pathetic.
Charles wrote:
Looks like the good doctor has done a fine job soliciting his past clientele to help take the focus away from the multiple charges of animal cruelty that have been filed against him. Blame the accusor, or worse yet, a young vet trying to build a practice through all of this mess. He should be in politics. Yes, he will have his day in court, and all of these comments in this forum and others like it really don't matter. In the end, it will be the testimony of the witnesses that notified the SPCA vs. his testimony countering the claims. The very interesting thing is that all of these people won't wait to let the process play out. Instead, there is all sorts of noise about how he did it, or he didn't do it. Doesn't really matter what people write in these forums, including my own comments. They don't know, I don't know, they were not there when the alledged abuse took place, nor was I. That is the really funny thing about all of this, people seem to be so sure of themselves. You think you know someone? How about OJ, or Floyd Landis, or that guy that serial killer they just caught in San Diego with all of his neighbors say "we thought he was such a nice guy, incable of such a thing." Is Dr. Frankel OJ, for Floyd Landis, or a serial killer? No. He is just another guy accused of something that would surprise a lot of people if it turned out to be true, even in the face of multiple witnesses that say he did abuse those animals. The SPCA found the charges credible. Why is that people will blindly ignore this and not let the facts lead to the right answer? I would suggest that everyone just wait for this to play out, unless they are willing to come back to this forum and apologize to the people that may very well be saving many animals from future abuse. For if he is found guilty, that is exactly what they have done. Think about it. We all love our pets, don't we?
name withheld

Orem, UT

#17 Aug 10, 2006
Charles wrote:
<quoted text> In the interest of full disclosure, perhaps you should tell everyone that you were fired along with Dr. Frankel, and it had nothing to do with animal cruelty charges, did it? The legal proceedings are not bitter, the only bitterness comes from two employees that were fired for cause trying to attack someone who is just trying to run a professional business. That is what is pathetic.
I could not have said it better myself!
"They don't know, I don't know, they were not there when the alledged abuse took place, nor was I."
Well I was...and you're right. Whatever I, Melissa, you or anyone else in this forum says mean as much as the price of rice in China in the end. If the proper authorities where to contact me I have a duty to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God- which I will. But I will say that I find it difficult to believe that an organization as reputable as the SPCA- a non-profit organization know nationwide- would have a private vendeta against one veterinarian so large that they would fabricate charges- or pursue blatantly false charges just to "sully his good name". I mean really, even if he was as against them as people say- he obviously wasn't powerful enough to put them out of business. So what would they have to gain? Just a thought.....
Dave

Lititz, PA

#19 Aug 10, 2006
name withheld wrote:
<quoted text>
I could not have said it better myself!
"They don't know, I don't know, they were not there when the alledged abuse took place, nor was I."
Well I was...and you're right. Whatever I, Melissa, you or anyone else in this forum says mean as much as the price of rice in China in the end. If the proper authorities where to contact me I have a duty to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God- which I will. But I will say that I find it difficult to believe that an organization as reputable as the SPCA- a non-profit organization know nationwide- would have a private vendeta against one veterinarian so large that they would fabricate charges- or pursue blatantly false charges just to "sully his good name". I mean really, even if he was as against them as people say- he obviously wasn't powerful enough to put them out of business. So what would they have to gain? Just a thought.....
Like you know what your talking about the SPCA reputable they and the PETA idiots have no place. They would be better off using there resources and donated monies to help feed the hungry and house the homeless. If people are abusing animals they are probably abusing other people so let the police handle these people not a bunch of power hungry bozos. Next they will be going after farmers for keeping cows in a stall on a short chain.
name withheld

Orem, UT

#20 Aug 10, 2006
Dave wrote:
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Like you know what your talking about the SPCA reputable they and the PETA idiots have no place. They would be better off using there resources and donated monies to help feed the hungry and house the homeless. If people are abusing animals they are probably abusing other people so let the police handle these people not a bunch of power hungry bozos. Next they will be going after farmers for keeping cows in a stall on a short chain.
Enough said...You obviously don't hold the same morals and values as the people who belong to such organizations. And though you are certainly entitled to your own opinions, as are they, it is MY opinion that it is ignorant of YOU to call them "idiots that have no place" and "power hungry bozos". You don't support them..ok..don't give them your money. But there is plenty of room in this world for people like them AND for people like you. No need for name calling.

Oh, and just in case we are still interested in "full disclosure" here...wouldn't it be fair to point out that you are related to Melissa (who was fired along with Dr. Frankel) thus that would have a signifigant impact upon your opinions?
Kelly

AOL

#21 Aug 10, 2006
What amazes me is that there are some, such as Ms. Anderson's post, who will follow this man with blind faith. How many times, after a horrid crime is revealed, has a neighbor or friend said something like, "Who would have ever thought it? He was such a polite, nice, quiet guy." Sure, innocent until proven guilty, but let me ask you this... if he was accused of child molestation would you allow your children to be with him until the matter was resolved? I certainly wouldn't, and my animals are my babies. I offer this advice to those who follow him. Just always make sure your animals are in your view when with this man. You have no idea what went on beyond the exam room. What you're dealing with is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If you love them, protect them. Why do you even want to take the chance?
David

United States

#22 Aug 11, 2006
Well Darren, Charles, and name withheld....we clients and ex-clients of Honey Brook well know who you are and your lies, deceptions, despicable and disgusting behavior are well known by now. I have seen little in the way of support, facts, or belief in the alleged violations in this or any forum. These pathetic and dishonest individuals will clearly say and do anything to divery scrutiny of their own misconduct behavior. Your tainted, biased, and unsupported claims open you even further to discredit of your all ready dropping reputation. My records and dogs along with many, many of my friends and aquaintances have left Honey Brook in droves...a testament to your lack of service to animals and clinets and the lack of quality care this young, greedy, despicable veternarian provides. Your indifference and disappointing conduct, and rudeness both to my animals and me as a client is truly unbelievable. Your biased and desperate slander show the levels to which people like you may stoop when good people try to help and support you. Biting the hand that feeds you is a clear indication of your character or lack there of. Poor examples of human beings is a gentle comment on you. The new regime has little in the way of a positive reputation, track record, experience, or truthfulness at this point and, as I have experienced it, is attacking a man who has dedicated his life to the care of my and so many others pets. His long record exemplary service, quality, empathy, excellence, and success truly makes the young veterinarian in question look small and inept as well as the CC SPCA who has shown in the past on well publicized occaisons biased, unfair, and arbitrary behavior. A search of area publications over the last several years is very enlightening.
David

United States

#23 Aug 11, 2006
I believe with all my heart the true reasons behind these baseless allegations will come to light...to the accusers in question and the SPCA....beware the truth.

David, client of 16 yrs
David

United States

#24 Aug 11, 2006
Kelly wrote:
What amazes me is that there are some, such as Ms. Anderson's post, who will follow this man with blind faith. How many times, after a horrid crime is revealed, has a neighbor or friend said something like, "Who would have ever thought it? He was such a polite, nice, quiet guy." Sure, innocent until proven guilty, but let me ask you this... if he was accused of child molestation would you allow your children to be with him until the matter was resolved? I certainly wouldn't, and my animals are my babies. I offer this advice to those who follow him. Just always make sure your animals are in your view when with this man. You have no idea what went on beyond the exam room. What you're dealing with is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If you love them, protect them. Why do you even want to take the chance?
Kelly, you prejudice, bigotry, and ignorance label you clearly...slander based on rumor clearly shows the kind of person you are. Comparison the 2 involved clearly shows who is ethical and who is not. Shame on you for opinions based on no experience only innuendo. If you were accused of molesting your own children by your own comments we would be warranted to believe it and react accordingly making you a pariah with no substance or facts. Hypocracy is alive and well.

David
name withheld

Orem, UT

#25 Aug 11, 2006
Jeepers...David from Springfield PA...I have 4 words for you...
PATHOLOGICAL NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER

Anyone who feels the need to deprecate others that they have never met in such a vehement, ugly manner surely could benefit from the expertise of a good mental health expert or at the very least a decent selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor- you are a very angry man!!
Dave

Lititz, PA

#26 Aug 11, 2006
Oh, and just in case we are still interested in "full disclosure" here...wouldn't it be fair to point out that you are related to Melissa (who was fired along with Dr. Frankel) thus that would have a signifigant impact upon your opinions?

Yea we are still interested in being fair so tell us who you are so we can judge if your opinions hold any validity. Anyone can say anything behind a fake or "name witheld".

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