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7:47 PM, Aug 15, 2013   |    comments
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GREELEY - A Greeley veterinarian has been cited for "unauthorized practices" that included providing medical services on humans.

According to Greeley Police, Dr. Fran Freemyer, DVM, reportedly provided medical care to humans in June, which Dr. Freemyer was not licensed to do.

One patient of Dr. Freemyer's required surgery to remove three toes due to the "lack of proper medical care," according to police. The patient said they received treatment from Dr. Freemyer. The patient's identity is being kept confidential by police.

To hear Freemyer tell it, though, is to hear a different story altogether. He says he applied a skin cancer topical for animals called Dermex to a dog.

"The owner thought I put on more than need be and scraped it off," Freemyer said.

Freemyer says that owner then put the Dermex on her neighbor's foot when the neighbor was complaining of a foot infection.

That neighbor, Freemyer says, came to the clinic to follow up.

"He came and talked to me I said, 'hell, I don't treat people, but you've already put it on there,'" Freemyer said.

Freemyer says the brown topical would stain the man's sock, so he says he put saran wrap over the wound and sent the man on his way.

"That's not what we were told by the victim and his family," Greeley Police Sgt. Susan West said.

She says Freemyer's version of events has evolved.

"He initially denied this entirely," West said, who added that Freemyer told police he took money for seeing and treating the patient.

"It's serious in that the person ended up losing his toes. He lost three toes over this," West said.

Police are asking anyone who may have received treatment or who may have information regarding this investigation to contact Detective Mike Heck at 970-350-9617.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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