2015 NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame Inductees
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Dr. Len Soucy and The Raptor Trust
In 2014 we said goodbye to Len Soucy, founder of The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ. Len Soucy dedicated much of his adult life to the protection and preservation of the wild bird population and to educating the public about wild birds, especially birds of prey. The Raptor Trust continues on with son Chris Soucy at the helm and Dr. Andrew Major providing his veterinary skills to the Trust. Dr. Soucy was nominated by Dr. R. Wayne Randolph of Countryside Veterinary Hospital in Flemington, NJ.
Police K-9 Dano had 12 years of dedicated service in the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. As narcotics detection specialists, he and his partner Captain Tim Pino were responsible for a number of large profile drug busts. Dano passed away in December of 2014, but his legacy lives on in his outstanding service record and “Dano’s Law”, which calls for enhanced penalties for threatening law enforcement animals. Dano was nominated by Captain Tim Pino and Dr. John A. North of Somerset Veterinary Group in Bridgewater, NJ.
Selina, a Chihuahua mix, was left with a partially paralyzed hind end after being hit by a car. Selina’s handicap doesn’t hold her back. Equipped with a wheelchair and positive attitude, she is the official greeter at Maywood Veterinary Clinic. Selina was nominated by Melissa Stevens and Dr. Jay Buchholz of Maywood Veterinary Clinic in Maywood, NJ.
Grace is a regular visitor to the Cancer Center at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington. Her specialty is to help ease the anxiety of both patients and their loved ones while at the center for treatment. Grace was nominated by Jennifer Beylickjian and Dr. Suzanne Smith of Spring Mills Veterinary Hospital in Milford, NJ.
Dr. Catalina Montealegre
In addition to Dr. Catalina Montealegre’s work at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Linwood, she volunteers doing outreach and training programs for local fire departments, shelters, county emergency response teams, dog clubs and schools, just to name a few. Dr. Montealegre was nominated by Dr. Susan Montenegro of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Linwood, NJ.
Recon is an 8-year-old Golden Retriever and a member of Therapy Dogs International. He makes regular visits to a number of New Jersey’s colleges and universities. He enjoys spending time on campus with students during various athletic seasons and exam times to help relieve stress and anxiety for the college students. Recon was nominated by his owner Laura Treutlein and Dr. Elizabeth Boggier of Mountainview Veterinary Hospital in Rockaway, NJ.
Bentley, a Peking duck, wandered onto a Brick Township property last spring. Bentley is domesticated and is essentially a farm animal, but he is wary of humans. In October 2014, Bentley was attacked by another animal and was transported to the Ocean County Veterinary Hospital in Lakewood. Thanks to funding provided by Ocean Pet Caring Foundation, Bentley received the veterinary care he desperately needed and has made a full recovery. Bentley was nominated by Dr. Daniel Golodik of Ocean County Veterinary Hospital in Lakewood, NJ.