4 more say Greeley vet whose treatment led to amputation treated them
GREELEY, Colo. — Just over a week after it was reported that a man was forced to have three toes amputated due to treatment he received from a Greeley veterinarian who was practicing medicine, four more have come forward to say that they received medical treatment from the same veterinarian.
The Greeley Tribune is reporting that these new accusations against Fran Freemeyer, 78, will likely lead to new charges being filed against the the Greeley vet.
The first case was brought to police by a North Colorado Medical Center employee, who said the hospital had been forced to amputate three toes of a man who had been treated by Freemeyer.
Freemeyer has been practicing veterinary medicine in Greeley for 54 years, and he sat down with FOX31 Denver to discuss the case of the man who had his toes amputated.
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.
“This isn’t something that we run across every day and it is something that we would like to see if there’s other people out there that this person may have actually treated as well,” Sgt. Susan West of Greeley police said.
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.”
The original man who lost toes is reportedly not cooperating with Greeley Police. But police are still investigating, especially in light of the new allegations..
Freemeyer said 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,” Freemeyer said. “The doctor’s the one that’s after me. The guy with the foot is still a good friend.”
Freemeyer said he plans to fight the case in court.