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Veterinarian Says Doctor Defamed Him

McKINNEY, Texas (CN) - A veterinarian says a doctor defamed him by picketing his store with a sign claiming the vet "moonlights for puppy mills."

Veterinarian Brian Benjamin sued Dr. John J. Pippin in McKinney County Court. Benjamin says Pippin is a member of an animal-rights group, and "has organized demonstrations" outside his clinic. Benjamin says Pippin doesn't like it that the vet "offers his professional services to a local pet store."

Benjamin says, "Pippin has personally appeared outside Dr. Benjamin's clinic carrying signs accusing Dr. Benjamin of being a murderer and a sign stating 'Dr. Benjamin moonlights for puppy mills.'"

Benjamin demands punitive damages. He is represented by Tom Carse of Dallas.

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