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Department of Agriculture inspects Tamuning veterinarian's facility

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - A continuation hearing for updates on the Department of Agriculture's animal quarantine procedures took place on Wednesday night. According to director Tita Taitague, at the request of the committee, she conducted an inspection of veterinarian Dr. Joel Joseph's animal quarantine part of his Wise Owl Animal Hospital. She says the facility received a few unsatisfactory marks using the commercial quarantine facility inspection demerit checklist.

"Another big demerit I gave him, is the double-door entrance and exit shall be provided to the CQF grounds, it's not connected to the grounds, so that demerit alone can tell me that he didn't pass inspection," Taitague told KUAM News.

During last month's hearing mentioned the reason she had inspected and communicated with other facilities except for Joseph's was because he was not in compliance. In regards to the inspection, Dr. Joseph told KUAM News he is concerned at how the department did not discuss with him about the demerits or issues with his facility. He further raises issue over how territorial veterinarian Dr. Tom Pool was not present during the inspection but instead other individuals who were "not qualified" such as Public Works, the Mayors Council and Telo Taitague from the Governor's Office. He ultimately says the demerits have less to do with the facility but more on a personal basis.

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