IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — There’s a delay in the case of an Irondale veterinarian facing criminal charges after allegedly caring for raccoons and coyotes.
Dr. William Weber’s hearing’s been delayed until January. He was charged with 30 criminal counts back in July by state conservationists who say he had 24 raccoons and six coyotes in his care.
State conservationists say this is illegal unless you are a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The state says that’s because both coyotes and raccoons are “rabies vectors” and can pass diseases like distemper to dogs.
All of the 30 animals tested negative for rabies.
Dr. Weber has a large amount of supporters who have raise more than $14,000 for him. Many say he was just doing what was right and caring for animals in need. Dozens of people were going to be at his hearing in support.