Vet accused of illegally treating humans after patient has toes amputated
GREELEY, Colo. – A long-time veterinarian was cited Wednesday for allegedly providing illegal medical treatment to people, the Greeley Police Department reported.
Dr. Fran Freemyer has been practicing veterinary medicine here in Greeley for 54 years. Last June he treated a dog’s cancer with a compound called dermex.
He says when the dog’s owner asked if her neighbor with a long term foot problem could come in and talk to him. Freemyer, who knew the man, said yes.
“He put dermex on his foot, I covered it with a little Saran wrap and he pulled his sock on and I haven’t seen him since that,” Freemyer says. “But he went to his doctor.”
That doctor eventually admitted him to the North Colorado Medical Center where the man had to have three toes amputated. After being contacted by the hospital, Greeley police cited Freemyer for practicing medicine on humans.
“This isn’t something that we run across every day and it is something that we would like to see if there’s other people out there that this person may have actually treated as well,” says Sgt. Susan West of Greeley police.
But Freemyer’s clients stand by the long-time vet. “I think it’s crazy,” says Ruth Allmer.
She says Freemyer has treated many of her pets. “When I heard it I couldn’t believe it because I’ve know the man all my life and he doesn’t do that. He doesn’t do it because he knows his job.”
The man who lost toes is not cooperating with Greeley police. But they’re still investigating.
Dr. Freemyer says he’s troubled by the accusations and admits he’s had complaints over the years about animals, but never humans. “This is just such … it’s such a crock of … well, anyhow,” he says.
He plans to fight the case in court. “The doctor’s the one that’s after me. The guy with the foot is still a good friend,” Freemyer says.
Police believe other people may have received treatment from Freemyer, who is in no way licensed to treat humans. Anyone who may have received treatment or who may have information regarding this investigation was asked to call detectives at 970-350-9617.
A review of State Board of Veterinary Medicine records found that a vet sharing Freemyer’s name has been disciplined at least twice for falsely certifying the health of animals that were not properly examined.