Today through Sunday, the Cole Bros. Circus has shows at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie. The City of Port St. Lucie and St. Lucie County require circuses to have a veterinarian on duty. It’s an important requirement, especially when you consider Cole Bros. history of failing to provide adequate care to animals.
Cole Bros. does not travel with a veterinarian, so they were forced to find someone who could help them in Port St. Lucie. That person is Dr. Enrique Borrego.
Dr. Borrego, the owner of Animal General Hospital in Port Saint Lucie, has been a small animal vet in the community for many years. The doctor and his wife volunteer with the Hobe Sound Animal Protection League.
We don’t know why Dr. Borrego agreed to be the circus’ veterinarian in Port St. Lucie, but regardless of his motivation, he is enabling Cole Bros. to perform. Without a veterinarian willing to help the circus meet the permit requirements, the circus could not perform in St. Lucie County.
Contact Dr. Borrego and politely urge him to reconsider acting as the circus vet in the future. Also ask that, when he is at the circus this weekend, to conduct detailed inspections of the elephants, tigers and other animals who travel with Cole Bros., and to make his findings public.
Enrique Borrego, DVM
Animal General Hospital
501 SW Port Saint Lucie Blvd.
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34953
(772) 344-8835 Fax (772) 344-8836
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