A couple whose dog suffered a “protracted death” after a vet visit discovers he was a convicted cheater

An American couple whose beloved Pomeranian dog died after a visit to a vet later discovered to their horror that the doctor who treated him was a convicted fraudster.

Jared Manhein and his partner Danielle, US citizens who live in Kensington, west London, were in the Cotswolds for a weekend when their dog, Rory, developed breathing difficulties and rushed to the nearest vet.

This was Dragon Vets in Cheltenham where Rory was seen by Matthew Morgan, 48, but to her shock – as her pet had previously been treated for the illness – he died that night.

While investigating a complaint at the practice over the death of their beloved pet, who had taken them traveling around the world, they uncovered Morgan’s criminal past.

Jared Manhein and his partner Danielle (pictured) were on a weekend trip to the Cotswolds when their dog Rory started having trouble breathing

Matthew Morgan, 48, (pictured) had been jailed at the Old Bailey for two years for cheating insurance companies out of £225,000 by inventing pets and giving them treatments that didn’t exist

Rory was examined by the vet, 48, but to the couple’s shock – as their pet had previously been treated for the disease – he died that night

He had been jailed at the Old Bailey for two years for cheating insurance companies out of £225,000 by inventing pets and giving them non-existent treatments. He also had criminal convictions in his native Australia.

Jared, 42, who works in private equity, told MailOnline: ‘I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This was the vet we entrusted our beloved dog to. Now our dog was dead and we read that he was a criminal.’

Danielle, 40, a lawyer-turned-property investor, said: ‘How could this man be allowed to practice? How were people asked to put their trust in him?’

Shortly after Rory’s death, her other dog, Pogo, who was 13 and also a Pomeranian, also died – and the couple attribute his death to grief for his ‘brother’.

The couple’s problems began in late November last year.

Jared said: “It’s become a tradition for us to take our dogs, Rory and Pogo, to the Cotswolds and rent a cottage for every American Thanksgiving.

“We’re both US citizens but based in London – mostly because of our dogs and because they’re so pet friendly and what a great way of life they have in London compared to New York.

Rory’s owners often took their beloved dog with them on trips around the world

They said: “We will never get over what happened” after he died of breathing difficulties

“We were at the cabin that evening when Rory started having trouble breathing. We weren’t overly concerned about this as he had previously been successfully treated by our vet in Kensington. .

“But we didn’t want to take any chances so I looked for the nearest vet that was open and came across this practice Dragon in Cheltenham.

“It was 45 minutes away and Rory didn’t deteriorate during the drive so we weren’t really worried. But as soon as we got there, things started to go wrong.

“We told them exactly what the emergency vet in London had done a month and a half earlier, which resulted in our dog reacting immediately, allowing him to breathe again and thus saving his life. Hours later he was dead.”

The couple were devastated at the loss of Rory, who was 14 – but the tragedy turned to anger when they started visiting the vet to make a formal complaint.

They discovered that Morgan had appeared in court nine years earlier, accused of using his expertise to make fraudulent claims against insurance companies alleging he had owned the pets for a period of three years.

The vet, who was then making £100.00 a year before tax, then squandered the money on a new £25,000 BMW, flying back to his native Australia twice a year, staying in expensive hotels and going on luxury holidays. When he was arrested he had Euro Disney tickets on Eurostar. When he was arrested, he told detectives it was “easy money”.

The couple were devastated at the loss of Rory, who was 14 – but the tragedy turned to anger when they started visiting the vet to make a formal complaint

It turns out the vet has been convicted of burglary and property fraud in his native Australia

Morgan, who arrived in the UK in 2001, had already pocketed £198,000 from insurance companies and was waiting for the rest of the money when he was caught.

The father-of-three was jailed for two years after admitting to four counts of fraud between September 2009 and November 2012, which netted him £291,751

Father-of-three Morgan had used an official stamp and template from his employer, North Kent Referrals in Chatham, to make 54 claims against insurers Petplan, Petprotect, Direct Line and Sainsbury’s.

It then emerged that he had been convicted of burglary and property fraud in his native Australia.

The couple have since repeatedly contacted both Dragon vets and complained to regulators about Morgan being allowed to practice.

Jared said: “It took us weeks to even figure out his full name – and that’s how we found out about his past.

“We have endeavored to obtain a reasonable response from the company and are now investigating legal options. And we are also in touch with other people who have contacted us to share their own experiences there.”

He continued: “The whole experience was devastating for us. We too lost Pogo just a few weeks after Rory’s death and we both still believe it was caused by his grief over the loss of his brother. He was a shell of himself after losing Rory.

Complaints from Mr Manhein had been investigated by industry regulator The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and it was found that he had done nothing wrong

“We will never get over what happened.”

Jared later wrote to Dragon, “Our dog, who we have had since grad school and who loves our own human family members more than we do, is now dead.

“His lifeless body sits with a stranger’s vet in a country town in the UK he has never been to and we need to ensure his ashes are transported to us either in the States where we are now spending Christmas without him (he absolutely loves sitting in front of the fireplace and Christmas tree at an investment townhouse we have in the US and visit every Christmas), or to London to await our return mid-next year. Words cannot express how devastated we are.”

veterinarian dr Matthew Morgan said he couldn’t discuss the case in detail because of client confidentiality and GDPR.

He admitted to having been in prison but said he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

dr Morgan said from his Gloucestershire home last night: “It is common knowledge that I have been in prison.

“I made some mistakes that cost me my freedom and it took a long time to rebuild my life. But we are now 10 years on the way.

“My clinical competence as a veterinarian has never been questioned.”

The father of three children, Dr. Morgan, adding that Mr Manhein’s complaints had been investigated by the industry’s regulator, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and it was found that he had done nothing wrong: “All I can say is that people lodged a complaint and it was determined that there was no case to respond to.

“There was a feeling that nothing was wrong clinically, that’s all I can say about the case without the owner’s permission.”

A spokesman for the industry’s regulator, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, said: “We can confirm that Mr Morgan is currently on the Register of Veterinary Surgeons. Matters are confidential unless or until they reach a Disciplinary Committee hearing and therefore we cannot comment further in order to maintain fairness to all parties.”

Dragon has not responded to requests for comment. A receptionist there confirmed that he works as a night vet.

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