DPHSS and Wise Owl Animal Hospital Reach a Resolution in Long Term Dispute

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2018; 9:40am

DPHSS Release No. 2018 – 020

DPHSS and Wise Owl Animal Hospital Reach a Resolution in Long Term Dispute

A 2013 investigation into the operation of Wise Owl Animal Hospital by the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), which had resulted in the seizure of several controlled and non-controlled substances, culminated in most of the substances being destroyed on March 8, 2018 as a result of a mutually agreed upon decision between DPHSS and Dr. Joel Joseph, the proprietor of the veterinary clinic.  The drugs were seized from Wise Owl Animal Hospital by the Department pursuant to an administrative search warrant that was executed on May 8, 2013.  In response, Wise Owl Animal Hospital had sued DPHSS for the return of the drugs.

The destruction of most of the drugs included all of the Ketamil that were seized:  Three (3) bottles each of 50ml of Ketamil.  Two of the Ketamil bottles were found in their own separate box packages; each box containing a single 50ml bottle, as indicated on the package.  The third 50ml bottle of Ketamil was found without its box package.  A photograph taken by the Guam Police Department before the seizure documents the description and presence of the three bottles of 50ml Ketamil.  Custody receipt forms match the three bottles of 50ml Ketamil and show no other seizures of this particular controlled substance.

The Department inventoried and accounted for all the drugs that were destroyed at the Wise Owl Animal Hospital on March 8, 2018.  Arrangements are currently being made for the destruction of the remaining controlled and non-controlled substances, which the Department and Dr. Joseph have agreed to destroy because the drugs have expired since the seizure. 

The destruction of the drugs is in compliance with the guidelines set by both local and federal requirements.  Officials from the Department’s Division of Environmental Health and investigators from the Office of the Attorney General, along with Dr. Joseph and his designated staff of Wise Owl Animal Hospital, were present to witness and document the destruction of the seized drugs.