DLNR Secretary Ignacio Dela Cruz said Dr. Edgar G. Tudor, the owner of the Paradise Island Animal Clinic, has asked the government to close its As Perdido clinic as was promised two years ago.
...Tudor, in his letter, told the DLNR secretary to respect his position as "the sole practicing veterinarian in the CNMI."Tudor
is losing business to the government clinic, which makes it much harder for him to provide the necessary health care for the islands' pets.
In a separate interview yesterday, Tudor
said they have already talked but nothing has been agreed upon.He
clinic is competing with the government which, he
added, is not supposed to happen in a free market economy.Tudor
would not mind if the DLNR clinic limited its services to poor pet owners or if the government provided him with tax breaks.Tudor
said running his
clinic costs $1,000 in overhead expenses every day and he
still has to pay taxes and pay for the lease.He
said that before the DLNR animal clinic was opened two years ago, Dela Cruz promised that they would shut it down "as soon as it became a problem" to the private clinic.Tudor
is now losing many of his
clients to the government-run clinic."I know that the people who were coming here before are now going to the DLNR clinic," Tudor