first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe Kansas native had owned American Veterinary Hospital in Simi Valley since 1975. He was a member of the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team, a disaster-response group composed of vets, technicians and support personnel who assist animals in natural disasters. For years he cared for Simi Valley Police and Ventura County Sheriff’s Department canines. Officers from as far away as Inglewood drove to the Tapo Street hospital. In the 1990s, Anderson created a canine trauma care class for dog handlers with the help of Lt. Sterling Johnson, then a Simi Valley police canine officer. Since, the two had taught the class throughout the United States and Canada, Johnson said. “He received hundreds of letters that said, `My dog is alive because of you,”‘ he said. “He cared about people and animals. He loved what he did and people loved him for it.” His veterinary support with response teams took him to the devastation of Sept. 11, 2001, and Hurricane Rita. He also assisted the Secret Service with their dogs during the 2001 presidential inauguration. “He would leave his practice here at a moment’s notice to help people and animals, and that’s what he did,” said hospital manager David Duntley, who worked with Anderson for 26 years. “He had a special place in his heart for canines and search-and-rescue dogs.” Office manager Vikki Raffaelli described the father of three as a workaholic who was very dedicated to animals. “He worked through lunch,” she said. “The animals came first.” On Wednesday, patients flooded the office with calls offering their condolences. “People are devastated,” Raffaelli said. “This was a man who couldn’t wait to wake up and go to work. Every day he would say, `God. I love veterinary medicine.”‘ Anderson is survived by his wife and three children. Funeral arrangements are pending. [email protected] (805) 583-7604160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – A beloved veterinarian who looked after police dogs and cared for animals during national disasters was killed when a tractor he was driving overturned and crushed him, authorities said Wednesday. John Howard Anderson, 61, was clearing brush from a hill on his Moorpark property Tuesday morning when the tractor overturned, ejecting him and pinning him underneath. Neighbors told police they heard the machine operating between 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Anderson’s body was discovered about 1:30 p.m. near his ranch on Bixby Road north of Balcom Canyon Road in Moorpark. “He was a one-of-a-kind veterinarian,” said Simi Valley police Officer Vince Allegra, who handles Hasko, one of Anderson’s patients. “We trusted our dogs’ lives with him. He will be hard to replace.” last_img

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