Police say man posed as female veterinarian

January 14, 2009 5:50:31 PM PST
Police say an Atlantic City man posed as a female animal doctor, ran an illegal veterinary practice and set up a phony animal rescue agency that may have duped animal lovers out of thousands of dollars. Vineland police arrested 26-year-old Daniel C. Tyce on Friday and charged him with practicing medicine without a license. He is being held in the Cumberland County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Police say he ran a business called South Jersey Small Animal Rescue, falsely identifying himself as Dr. Danielle Smith, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school.

Police say he inoculated pets and offered small animals for adoption for a fee through the rescue agency. He also solicited donations, claiming the agency was a nonprofit. Authorities say it was not.

It was not immediately known if Tyce had retained a lawyer.

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