The Biggest TNR Clinic in Israel Exposed
In the center of this undercover investigation is a veterinary company owned by Dr. Ari Dushnik, which was responsible for 40% of all government subsidized TNVR projects in Israel. This first-ever investigation into the field of TNR in Israel revealed sub-standard conditions at this clinic, alleged fraud regarding the clinic’s reports about the number of sterilized cats and more.
As a result of our investigation, a temporary injunction was issued against the clinic, forbidding it from working with the authorities, resulting in a direct major change for almost half of the cats spayed/neutered in Israel. In addition, a criminal investigation was launched against Dr. Dushnik and he was arrested, but later released. The criminal investigation is still ongoing.
More than a million Israelis were exposed to the investigation and the Knesset (Israeli parliament) held a discussion regarding its findings.
Following this investigation, the entire field of TNR in Israel went through a major change – every vet in Israel has heard about it, and a fear factor was created. The authorities began a process of changing their practices in ways that would reduce the possibility of something like this reoccurring, e.g. by stricter methods of accounting for the animals brought in and out.