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Friday, May 15, 2020

HEY LITTLE PROTESTOR, WANNA PET MY DOG? Bruce Langlois, Registered Sex Offender & Former Veterinarian, Washes Up In Lansing During Stay-At-Home Protest; Interview Airs During NPR's “Morning Edition”

Registered Sex Offender, Bruce Langlois, and dog Porter.





Among the rain-soaked protesters who showed up yesterday in Lansing to protest Michigan's stay-at-home order was a face familiar to readers of this blog: Bruce Langlois, a registered sex offender and former Lowell, Michigan veterinarian who lost his license in 2015 for negligence, incompetence and “lack of good moral character’’.

And Langlois brought a furry, four-legged prop: his dog, Porter, wearing a hand-lettered sign pleading “Let Me Go To Doggy Day Care”.


In an interview airing this morning on a Michigan Radio local news segment during NPR's “Morning Edition”, Langlois told Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing-based reporter/producer Rick Pluta he came because “he wants to re-open his dog kennel and grooming business.” 

Langlois told Pluta he’d like to see businesses re-open faster: “The thing is, you’re not going to be able to totally eliminate exposure. I mean, that’s part of what’s going to happen. It’s gotta happen whether you open now or you open a year from now, it’s going to go through everybody. But if you’re a person who is high risk, then you need to quarantine yourself.”

Could Langlois be referring to the All-Heart Pet Care Center, also known as the scene of the crime?

More on that in a minute.

A panel of the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 revoked his license and fined Langlois $25,000 for myriad problems ranging from poor record keeping to inadequate follow-up care.

Langlois took his case to the Michigan Court of Appeals, saying his license revocation was not supported by “competent, material and substantial evidence.’’ 

In a ruling released Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the Appeals Court disagreed. It upheld the revocation and a $25,000 fine. 

“With regard to inadequate recordkeeping in general, there was adequate evidence (Langlois) kept inadequate records,’’ justices wrote. 

In its 17-page administrative complaint, the state accused Langlois of negligence, incompetence, lack of good moral character, failure to maintain medical records and failure to arrange for emergency coverage or provide follow-up evaluation on animals he treated. 

On March 1, 2017, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced he had charged Langlois with three felony counts of Unauthorized Practice of Veterinary Medicine for allegedly presenting himself as a licensed veterinarian and practicing veterinary medicine with a suspended veterinary license. 

Each charge was punishable by up to five years in jail and/or a fine of $5,000. Langlois was charged as a habitual offender 3rd Offense. 

“This man repeatedly violated the rules of his profession to the point of his license was revoked but even that was not enough to stop him,” said Schuette. “People like Mr. Langlois who believe they operate outside the law will end up facing the consequences. It is a stark reminder that we must remain diligent and do our research when choosing who to trust with our pet’s health.” 

Langlois was arraigned on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 before Judge David Harrington in 73B District Court in Bad Axe. Bond was set at $10,000. 

After a two-year delay,  Langlois was scheduled for trial in Bad Axe on March 5, 2019.

Instead, Langlois knuckled under and took a deal during a hearing in Judge Gerald M. Prill's Bad Axe, Michigan courtroom. Langlois plead guilty to one count of Unauthorized Practice of Veterinary Medicine. 

Langlois admitted during the hearing that he'd “neutered a cat named Skittles” on December 16, 2016, even though his Michigan license to practice veterinary medicine had been revoked in 2015. 

In return, the Michigan Attorney General's Office agreed to drop the two additional unauthorized practice charges and not seek a sentencing enhancement against Langlois as a habitual offender. (Langlois has fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct convictions in 1988 and 1995 in Kent County and is on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.) 

According to allegations made during the hearing by Michigan Assistant Attorney General Michael Hayes, (where I was the sole attendee), in October 2018, Langlois allegedly performed a “serious surgery” on an animal in the back room of his All Heart Pet Care Center (AHPCC). 

The AHPCC is an animal grooming business that shares a building with Langlois' former veterinary practice, the Animal Hospital of Lowell. 

(Langlois still touts his veterinary services on LinkedIn, conveniently omitting the fact he no longer has a license to practice.) 

Kent County property records reveal Langlois still owns the building, located at 11610 Fulton St. E in Lowell, and maintains regular access—purportedly for “maintenance”, as he testified during the March 2019 plea hearing. 

Langlois has multiple Michigan business entities, including the Animal Hospital and Pet Complex of Lowell, P.C. Registered at the same address as his former vet clinic and current pet grooming business (11610 E. Fulton in Lowell), a recent Michigan business entity filing revealed Bruce P. Langlois, D.V.M. offers “Boarding Kennels, Grooming and Low Cost Spay/Neuter” at the location. 

And although Langlois was sentenced in May 2019 to an 18-month term of  post-release probation supervision, MDOC records reveal he was discharged from from supervision on March 5, 2020—less than 10 months after agreeing to his plea deal.




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