Montclair woman ran unlicensed veterinary clinic, cops say
A Montclair woman has been charged with several offenses after prosecutors say she ran an unlicensed veterinary clinic.
Alia Muslih, 39, ran the Totowa Animal Hospital out of the Seven Star Pet Resort on Furler Street in Totowa, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. She was arrested Friday, Aug. 20, the day multiple agencies executed a search warrant at the clinic.
The clinic “created and reinforced a false impression that she was a licensed veterinarian,” the prosecutor’s office said in an announcement of Muslih’s arrest. The New Jersey Board of Veterinary Medicine indicates she is not a licensed veterinarian, and that Totowa Animal Hospital is not a licensed veterinary clinic, it said.
The search warrant was executed by Totowa police and members of the Financial Crimes
Unit of the Passaic County Prosecutors Office, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Division of Consumer Affairs and the Paterson and Clifton Animal Control, according to the prosecutor’s office. It didn’t describe each agency’s role in the case.
Muslih was charged with theft by deception in the second degree, corporate misconduct in the second degree, animal cruelty in the third degree and unlicensed possession of prescription drugs in the second degree.
A second-degree offence is punishable by five to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. A third-degree offense is punishable by three to five years in New Jersey State Prison.
Following her first appearance on Aug. 21, Muslih was released on pre-trial monitoring pending the disposition of the charges against her, on the condition that she is restrained from returning to the location of the clinic, the prosecutor’s office said.
— Louis C. Hochman