It is great to see that Jim Scarantio can see that the politicians are supporting anything that deals with animals to win sympathy and votes. The alleged case against Dr. Lee is an abuse of the legal system and a waste of tax payers dollars! The Animal Protection of New Mexico animal right group gave Patricia Madrid and Scot Key and award for druming up the bogus charges. Isn't it interesting that Patrica Madrid was running against Heather Wilson for a congress seat at the same time and the district included Santa Fe where the animal rights group is based? The law protects those whose profession deals with animals so that unlawful prosecution does not take place. If you consider that a large portion of the jobs in New Mexico are either government related or involves animals, then why do the politicians want to spend an inordinate amount of time and hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to prosecute a veterinarian for doing his job to care for government owned animals? The answer is simple, Govenor Richardson, Patrica Madrid, Mayor Chavez and other politicians need the attention and votes! Why don't they spend their time and the tax payers dollars to improve the health care, reduce crime, or deal with poverty of people in the state instead? It's time for letter writing campaigns to them for real issues. If every veterinarian has to be on site all night and weekends to monitor animals in their clinic nobody will be able to afford to take their animal to the vet. Also, vets could be convicted for sending the animal home to be monitored by the owner who is not a trained technician. This malicious prosecution would set a horrible prescedence and waste more tax payer dollars. Who's next? Ranchers, Rodeo's, Hunters, or zoos?