Vet accused of treating people issued second summons after more victims come forward
GREELEY, Colo. — A veterinarian accused of providing medical treatment to people has been given two more citations after additional victims came forward, police said.
Fran Freemyer had been cited for unauthorized practices, specifically practicing medicine without a license, after a man, David Dickson, said Freemyer treated him and Dickson ultimately had to have two toes amputated.
Four more people have come forward saying Freemyer also provided treatment to them and police said several others have claimed they know someone who went to Freemyer for treatment.
The citations include third-degree assault-knowing/recklessly causing injury, which is a class 1 misdemeanor, and another count of practicing medicine without a license, which is a class 2 misdemeanor.
Dr. Freemyer told FOX31 Denver last week 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 said.
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.
Freemeyer has been practicing veterinary medicine in Greeley for 54 years.
Last June, Freemeyer said, he treated a dog’s cancer with an experimental 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 had put Dermex on his foot,” Freemeyer said. “I covered it with a little Saran wrap and he pulled his sock on and I haven’t seen him since that. But he went to his doctor.”
After being contacted by the hospital, Greeley police cited Freemyer for practicing medicine on humans.
Many of Freemeyer’s clients are standing by the longtime vet.
“I think this is crazy,” said Ruth Allmer, who has had many of her pets treated by Freemeyer. “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.”AlertMe