Thursday, April 22, 2010

Courage Update: Vet Kennel Attendant at Center of Animal Cruelty Case Terminated

Citing death threats from angry members of the public, hospital administrator Gilbert Velasquez of the Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital has confirmed the termination of  Kimberly Nizato, the California woman charged with tying a German Shepherd out and leaving it to starve for five weeks. In a statement issued last week, Velasquez had indicated that the hospital intended to continue Nizato's employment after she proclaimed her innocence in a private conversation. Hospital officials reversed that decision when evidence led to formal charges in the case and Velasquez began receiving death threat calls.

Kimberly Nizato

Nizato is free on $20,00 bail pending arraignment on May 12. A web page has been set up for fans and supporters to keep tabs on Courage during the recovery process. Donations are sought to help cover the cost of his treatment. See the most recent video update on Courage here.



  1. All we gots to say is she had it coming dat mean old ::mom says we cants say bad werds:: .......

  2. Anonymous12:50 PM

    Death threats, huh? Well, we don't condone them in general but.... Going to check up on poor Courage now. Thank you for the post and the links

  3. !^*&((%$**£%£+£&£"!!!!!!!!!!
    Dip, Bridge and Elliot xx

  4. I second that Dip-Dip and The Bridge.

  5. Anonymous2:21 PM

    I third that Dip-Dip and The Bridge and add a few more choice words......

  6. That woman makes me sick. Her JOB is to take care of animals and she yet, she couldn't be bothered to take care of her own?

    I'm glad she was fired. She doesn't deserve that job! And those animals deserve better.

    I fourth Dip-Dip and The Bridge.

    Karma, baby...

  7. I'm glad she's been fired and I hope she's being investigated for child abuse, too! It doesn't seem likely that she'd stop at starving the dog.

  8. She's a monster.

  9. Death threats? errrrrrrrrrrr.....don't know anything about 'em and never made the call.....though I did hear the cat on the phone in the middle of the night, making an offer one could not refuse ;o0

  10. Now that is a relief! When I heard that she was still employed I was extremely upset and eagerly awaiting a road trip with my two-legger so that I can go bite her and her boss in the butt! She is evil!!!

  11. Don't let the dog door hit you on the way out.