Agriculture Director Taitague Agrees to Inspect Dr. Joseph’s Veterinary Clinic

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Guam – Senator Rory Respicio says that Agriculture Director Mariquita F. Taitague has agreed to his request to conduct an inspection of the Wise Owl veterinary clinic owned by controversial veterinarian Dr. Joel Joseph.

The Senator held a status hearing Wednesday night, on the Department of Agriculture’s animal quarantine procedures.

At that hearing Taitague agreed to conduct an inspection of  Dr. Joseph’s quarantine facility within 30 days.

The Senator notes in a release that Dr. Joseph has complained that the Department of Agriculture has refused to inspect his quarantine facility. An inspection must be conducted in order for it to be licensed for use.

Dr. Joseph has “lodged numerous complaints and lawsuits regarding his inability to obtain fair treatment for his clinic and the animals and customers he serves,” states Respicio in a release.  

Senator Respicio says he held the status hearing “to ensure that there is equal protection under the law for all citizens, and that our government is fair and impartial in providing services to our people,”  and he is “pleased with the commitments by the Department of Agriculture and look forward to a favorable and fair resolution for all parties involved.”

READ the release from Senator Respicio below:

Respicio Pleased with Agriculture Commitment to Inspections

Senator Rory J. Respicio held a hearing this evening on the inspection of animal quarantine facilities and was successful in obtaining a pledge from the Department of Agriculture that inspections will move forward within 30 days.

Respicio, the Chairman of the Committee on Rules; Federal, Foreign & Micronesian Affairs; Human & Natural Resources; and Election Reform,
held a status hearing this evening regarding the Agriculture Department’s animal quarantine procedures pursuant to local laws.

Veterinarian Dr. Joel Joseph, D.V.M., owner of Wise Owl Animal Hospital, had lodged numerous complaints and lawsuits regarding his inability to obtain fair treatment for his clinic and the animals and customers he serves.

During the hearing tonight, Agriculture Director Mariquita F. Taitague agreed to Respicio’s request to hold inspections of Joseph’s facility which he has been awaiting in order to get his quarantine facility approved. Taitague also agreed to inspect the current licensed civilian animal quarantine facility as well. Under further questioning by Respicio, Taitague also agreed to create a checklist for the inspections which is required by law and conduct the inspections with
the media and members of the public invited to observe the process.

“I held this status hearing to ensure that there is equal protection under the law for all citizens, and that our government is fair and impartial in providing services to our people,” Respicio said. “I am pleased with the commitments by the Department of Agriculture and look forward to a favorable and fair resolution for all parties involved.”

UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of
perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place
and date identified herein.