Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem is suing the veterinary hospital he says ‘castrated’ his dog without permission.
The NBA basketball player filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Murber Inc.’s LeadER Animal Special Hospital of negligence after neutering his dog Juice.
Haslem, 38, says he took Juice to the hospital to remove a rope that his dog had swallowed in May. The hospital successfully removed the rope but also neutered the Cane Corso in the process.
Now Haslem claims he is losing out on thousands of dollars in ‘income’ because he had planned to sell the semen of his champion show dog.
The lawsuit describes Juice as a show-quality Cane Corso, meaning his semen samples could have been worth between $3,500 and $10,000.
‘Semen for a top show dog is commonly collected every other day,’ the lawsuit claims. ‘Some of the top males are in such demand, semen is collected from them daily.’
Haslem says he was preparing to breed Juice and sell the eight-12 puppies that typically come in a litter.
Cane Corso puppies from a ‘champion bloodline’ sell between $3,500 and $5,000, the suit says
The Miami Heat forward is set to make more than $2million this year, to add to the $58million he has made in his 16-year career with the Heat.
He also says Juice is now ‘too tame’ to serve as the family guard dog while Haslem is on the road with the Miami Heat.
The basketball players claims he lost $30,000 spent training on training Juice to protect his wife and three children.
The suit claims Haslem lost ‘not only a needed guard dog and $30,000.00 in training fees, but hundreds of thousands or more in lost income.
The report didn’t include comment from the hospital.
Along with suing the veterinary hospital, Haslem is also suing Marcus Uris for performing the surgery.
‘The castration of Juice would constitute the tort of battery if it had been performed on a human,’ Haslem also argues in the suit.
SOURCE: DailyMail, by VALERIE EDWARDS and SNEJANA FARBEROV