Feed store worker accused of being "fake veterinarian"

Andy's Feed Store in Pharr // Google Maps Image

A feed store employee is facing criminal charges after an undercover sting operation ended with him being accused of trying to practice veterinary medicine without a license.

Pharr police arrested 26-year-old Luis Alfredo Torres on a practicing veterinary medicine without a license charge late last week.

Court records obtained by Action 4 News show that Pharr police launched an undercover sting operation last Friday.

An undercover police officer took a dog to Andy's Feed Store off West State Avenue to get examined.

Torres is accused of telling the officer that he could inject the dog with medicine sold at the feed store.

The feed store employee was about the inject the dog with the medicine when the undercover officer identified himself and arrested Torres.

Torres is out on bond and remains employed at the store, which is run by his family.

Family members declined to speak on camera but questioned the sting operation and officer's version of events.

The family said they have been in business for more than 30 years without any problems and legally sell medicines that are available at Petsmart or other outlets.

According to the family, they were unfairly targeted and did not do anything wrong.

The McAllen Monitor reported back in January that at least three dogs had died after being vaccinated by employees at Andy's Feed Store.

Anyone with a complaint or concernt about somebody practicing veterinary medicine without a license is asked to file a complaint with the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.