|STATE OF NEW YORK
COUNTY OF NEW YORK
Dr. Charles William Schaubhut, being duly sworn, deposes
1. I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, licensed to practice
in the State of New York. My office is located at 241 Eldridge
Street in Manhattan. I have been a working veterinarian for 28
years. I would estimate I have attended in excess of 100,000 animals
in my professional career.
2. 1 have examined and/or performed surgery on many hundreds
of ferrets in my career and am very familiar with the species.
A healthy ferret should Live an average of seven to ten years.
Ferrets are clean and may be litter-box trained. In handling ferrets,
it is my observation that healthy adults rarely bite. It is my
professional opinion that the domestic ferret is an intelligent
and rewarding house pet suitable for urban environments. Owners
of ferrets I have attended come from all walks of life and have
overwhelmingly expressed their satisfaction with the animal.
3. I am disturbed by some data published on ferrets coming from
public health officials, as I find much of the data unscientific
and questionable as to its intent. My experience with the animal
has been positive and I would cite many years of dealing with
satisfied owners as a principal reason for their lawful possession
by responsible owners.
Dr. C.W. Schaubhut
October 12, 1999