Twin Cities Vet Accused Of Practicing Without License

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities pet guru is in trouble with the law for his work as a holistic veterinarian.

Eric Weisman faces 58 counts, all stemming from a 2003 court injunction where he was told to stop treating animals.

It was business as usual Thursday at the Evolution Diet Pet Food Warehouse. The daily operations have not been interrupted, even though the owner, Weisman, faces 58 charges stemming from his work.

“I think he means well.  He’s good-hearted dedicated,” said Lynn Crandall-Weisman, Eric Weisman’s wife.

In addition to selling vegan pet food, Weisman touted himself on TV and online as a doctor of health sciences. He offers advice to treat animals through holistic medicine.

The problem is in 2003, the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine filed an injunction telling him to stop.

“He operates in total disregard for the facts of situation,” said Randy Gustafson, a spokesman for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.

Weisman is now accused of practicing medicine without a license and contempt of court.

“It is as low as you can go, prey on people’s emotions for pets,” said Gustafson.

A search of his home showed documents referring to Weisman as a doctor, even though he doesn’t have the license, and pictures of a dirty medicine filled refrigerator have some questioning his ability to heal.

“You wonder what medicine is being practiced,” said Gustafson.

Weisman’s wife said the power had gone out in that refrigerator and there were two other functioning refrigerators in the home. She also said her husband just offers advice, sells a supplement and always tells people that he’s not a licensed veterinarian.

“People come to us and we try to help. I don’t know what’s not right about it,” said Crandall-Weisman. 

Crandall-Weisman said she believes her husband has helped more than harmed, but authorities have given 58 reasons to doubt that.

“I think the people that know us know what kind of people we are,” said Crandall Weisman.

“On a personal note, I think it’s wrong and should be stopped,” said Gustafson.

Weisman has not been arrested and probably won’t see any jail time unless there is a conviction.

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  • Joel

    “…pray on people’s pets.” You journalists, yeesh. The word is “prey.”

  • jan

    He never was a vet either and good for you, Joel, for the great proofreading. I wonder if he has a remedi for “dear” ticks. If he doesn’t, maybe the journalist has one.

    • kieron

      I see they fixed the error. Score one for the English major.

  • tom

    We have murderers, robbers, gun toting punks running the streets, hundreds of unsolved cases in this state and , they have to pick on someone that helps people with animals????? Seems ramsey county has way to much time on their hands. The spokesperson , gustafson needs to get a new job that he can actually do. HEY i know why don’t you go out and STOP real criminals>???????

    • t

      this man lives 2 doors down from me…….it is hell. he should have already been put in jail 4 years ago when his white pitbull (he has 2 or 3 now i think) attacked our neighbor with CANCER. he told a six year old up the street that she was going to hell for eating meat- 6! if they made a movie about him, it would be called the neighbor from hell.

      • t

        btw, he doesn’t “treat” animals. he starves them because he believes meat is from the devil.

  • Kim

    So you think some criminals should be allowed to go around doing whatever they want even when they’ve caused harm and they’ve been told not to? How do you draw the line and know what criminals can be ‘safely’ ignored?

  • concerned person

    This man is a pint low. Animals are carnivors that’s why his cat died. He starved it to death. He lost his chiropractic license too. This man needs to be stopped.

  • hdmc

    how about instead of the law stepping in, PEOPLE stop seeking this guy out?! vegan pet food?? stupid hippies.

  • zelda

    Cats are obligate carnivores. They lack the physiology needed to digest vegetable matter and must eat meat to survive. They cannot live on a vegan diet! I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years, but of course I feed my cats meat! This guys is a fruitcake.

  • zelda

    (This guy is a fruitcake.)

  • Chicken man

    This guy is telling people that have chickens to feed them rubber bands and paper clips!

  • Keeping it real in Minnesota


  • Keeping it real in Minnesota

    ****I hear Crickets**** OK, so what dimwit county attorney ran this flag up the pole?……..our state has a 5 BILLION dollar deficit???…..THIS IS WHY

  • Beatrice

    It’s much esaier to understand when you put it that way!

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