Complaint Review: Long Island Vet Specialists - Plainview New York
Long Island Vet Specialists LIVS.org Long Island Veterinary Specialists Fleeced me out of significant money in a fraud. Tormented and killed our family dog after causing her excessive suffering and harm and pain - and continued to maim and hurt our beloved pet as a scam to get more and more money from us. Plainview New York
LIVS Catherine Loughin Dominic Marino Catherine Loughin, DVM Dominic Marino, DVM Compassionfirstpets.com Compassion-First Pet Hospitals Plainview New York Office of Professional Discipline Lied to Me.
They are excellent excellent excellent FRAUDSTERS.
They are the smoothest smoothest smoothest CRIMINALs.
They are the most charming charming and convinving Animal Abusers.
But they are terribble terrible terrible Vets.
Stay away from this fraud operation.
They advertise constantly and falsely sell themselves out to pet owners as a Long Island version of the Animal Medical Center in NY. This misrepresentation is a complete fraud and they have no affiliation with Animal Medical Center. Animal Medical Center (AMC) is an excellent not for profit specialty hospital helping pets and their owners. Long Island Vet Specialists (Livs) swindles people into their facility pretending they have an affiliation to AMC. Long Island Vet Specialists is a for profit center under numerous investigations and the defendents in multiple and frequent lawsuits for malpractice and swindles.
Two of their main doctors and owners Dominic Marino and Catherine Loughin swindled my wife and my elderly mother into thinking our dog needed a bunch of tests which she did not need. They claimed they had referals and relationships with AMC so we woud trust their "expertise." AMC subsequently told us there is no affiliation and AMC would NEVER send overflow patients to LIVS - ever! LIVS let untrained and unsupervised people work on our dog who had only a minor specialty issue - and they mortally wounded our dog. They then charged us for the tests that mortally wounded the dog.
Then they sold my wife and mother additional services to the tune of $7,000 to "fix" the damage LIVS caused. The repair services did not work. The dog suffered horribly. Then they tried to sell MORE "fix it" services - even offering my wife loan paperwork to fill out at 25% interest after they had maxed out her credit cards , all the time playing on her love for the dog and her fear and plying her with misinformation.
When my wife finally said we are getting our dog out of there, they tried every possible approach to disuade her. Dr. Loughin and Marino tried to sell her more "services" before we moved her, which we refused to buy. They kept claiming the next facility would want these services done at LIVS first - which was a total sales scam and completely false. We insisted we were taking her out of there.
When we refused to buy any more services and demanded they release our dog for transfer, they brought her out - in a carboard box - dead - and told us to leave.
We later learned that they pay their doctors a piece of every service and procedure they can sell. There are no ethics. This is called a revenue model. It helps the facility and employees get rich at the expense of the pets and their families and does not serve the best interest of the patients. Livs people are incentivised to just sell sell sell and if you harm a pet that allows you to sell subsequent "repairs" you get even more.
They were recently aquired by a sketchy chain called "Compassion-First" that seems to make a fortune pushing this same "revenue model" at multiple facilities they invest in and aquire.
I have seen all the news articles, and lawsuits, and affidavits and complaints by pet owners and doctors who had been inside the facility and worked there.
Evidently the owner sits on the licensing board and intercepts complaints. This is a criminal fraud. One thing is for certain - if you go there 90% of the time your pet will suffer and not get helped - you will be fleeced - and their lawyers will fight you tooth and nail on any complaint you file. I am told they make over $1million per week running these scams - they dont care about paying $100,000 in legal costs from time to time to keep the scam alive.
There are many better alternatives in Long Island - stay away from LIVS if you love your pet - stay away from Dominic Marino if you love your pet - stay away from Catherine Loughin if you love your pet. I wish my wife had researched them more carefully - but they really snowed her and my mother.
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