A veterinarian in the Detroit area could face animal abuse charges after being caught on video abusing animals in his care.

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The alleged abuse was brought to the attention of the Macomb County Sheriff's Office after a YouTube video surfaced of a German Shepherd being slammed against a wall and choked by a man who is believed to be the dog's owner.

It is believed that the YouTube video depicting the abuse was recorded and posted by the Veterinarian's son. It has since been taken down.

Veterinarian Could Face Charges

The man - whose name has not yet been released - is said to be a veterinarian working in Macomb County. WDIV reports that he and his wife have their own veterinarian practice.

As of Thursday (10/13) morning, charges have not been filed against the man, but Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Animal Control Officer Jeff Randazzo spoke at a press conference Wednesday and said charges are likely to be filed.

“You can tell this dog was screaming and crying. I mean, really, it’ll take your breath away,” Hackle said. “It’s surprising that somebody would even think about handling or treating a dog the way he did.”

Animal control agents visited the couple's home Wednesday to remove the German Shepherd and two other dogs in the home. All three animals are now safe, in the care of Macomb County Animal Control.

The video below is edited and does not show some of the egregious abuse that is said to have taken place in the home.

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