Guam- One pet owner feels her cat is caught in the middle of the ongoing controversy between the Guam Department of Agriculture and Wise Owl Veterinarian Dr. Joel Joseph.
Suzi Suchyta is relocating from Guam to the U.S. mainland in the next few days and wants to take her cat with her. She mentions “Neko” moved with her family when they came to Guam 3.5 years ago from Japan. However, the Department of Agriculture won’t sign a health certificate she turned in yesterday [Monday] because Dr. Joseph is her veterinarian. Suchyta says Agriculture told her to find another vet, which places her in a difficult situation.
“They said his license is revoked, which I find suspicious” said Suchyta. “How is he still practicing if his license is revoked? I know there’s controversies with him and them. I don’t know what they are. I truly have not paid attention to that. They recommended I find another vet. I don’t have time. I have packers here for the next 3 days and then I fly off island. I don’t have time to do that.”
Dr. Joseph tells PNC that Agriculture is hassling his customers since they think his license is revoked. However, he argues there is no legal basis for taking his license away and if that was the case, he would have been already arrested. Suchyta says she is frustrated she may not be able to take her cat because she’s in the middle of this unnecessary drama.
“Department of Agriculture has said that they will not honor any health certificates from this office, Wise Owl Veterinary Care, or me specifically” said Joseph. “That is against the law. There is no decision taking my license away. The Guam Board of Allied Health has a wish list. There is no stamped court order and if there was, why hasn’t the Attorney General come in here and arrested me? It’s been weeks already. I’m standing here. Attorney General arrest me. I’m open for business. I’m practicing.”
In the meantime, Dr. Joseph says he will try to help Suchyta find another veterinarian that can get a new health certificate approved for Neko.