Residents surprised by Merton Veterinary Clinic’s closure
Pet owners collected files Tuesday

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

April 16, 2014

A large Dumpster stands outside the Merton Veterinary Clinic, N67-W28626 Sussex Road, on Tuesday. Pet owners could pick up their animals’ records from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
from the foreclosed business.
Katherine Michalets/Special to The Freeman

TOWN OF MERTON – The large Dumpster and turned off “open” sign were some of the only indicators Tuesday that the Merton Veterinary Clinic was closed for good. Inside the business stood shelves stocked with pet supplies and a tall cage that seemed to have vacated only yesterday.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, a few pet owners scurried past the Dumpster into the building to collect their pets’ records.

Bill Friedrichs of Hartland only recently learned that the veterinary clinic had been foreclosed upon when he called to see if he could board his dog for Easter.

He had been taking his dog and cat to the Merton Veterinary Clinic, N67-W28626 Sussex Road, for the past 10 years.

“They didn’t bother to call. I had to call around to other vets,” Friedrichs said.

Matt Maigatter, assistant vice president of special assets for Layton State Bank, was in the closed vet’s office to distribute records to the pets’ owners.

He said the business, which has a home attached to it, was foreclosed upon in January and the clinic shut its doors in February. Maigatter said the bank will probably offer another opportunity for people to collect records.

Sylvia Brohmer, practice manager for the Animal Clinic in Sussex, stood outside the Merton Veterinary Clinic offering assistance to pet owners.

Upon the suggestion from the staff of the Animal Clinic in Sussex, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County posted information about the record pick-up on its Facebook page Monday.

Lynn Olenick, executive director of HAWS, said it’s important for pet owners to have their records from the Merton Veterinary Clinic because they could include blood work results or other test results that can be used for future comparison.

Brohmer said some of the Merton Veterinary Clinic clients have come to their clinic seeking care for their pets.

After about an hour of being open to distribute records, only a small group of people had showed up, Brohmer said.