Prominent CV Veterinarian Killed in Friday Plane Crash | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:47



Dr. Russell Hackler, a veterinarian whose practice at Castro Valley’s Grove Way Veterinary Hospital spanned more than 40 years, died when the plane he was piloting crashed in Calaveras County Friday afternoon.

The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. just east of Highway 49 near the Calaveras County Airport.  The cause is under investigation.


Dr. Hackler was an experienced pilot who had logged hundreds of thousands of flight miles.


He often combined his two passions, giving his time and resources to the Flying Doctors of Mercy, flying medical supplies and medical professionals to a free clinic in El Fuerte, Mexico.


He was also a founding member of the original Southern Alameda County Pet Emergency Clinic, the first emergency hospital for pets in the Bay Area, and a former owner of Eden Pet Hospital and Dublin Pet Hospital.


He donated his services to a multitude of volunteer and charitable endeavors, including the Sulphur Creek Nature Center, the Rowell Ranch Rodeo, Tri-Valley Fix Our Ferals, Friends of the Fairmont Animal Shelter, 4H and Dusty Paws Rescue.


Over the decades he not only treated generations of families’ pets but also mentored many other young aspiring veterinarians to follow in his footsteps with integrity, commitment, kindness, understanding and humor.


He is survived by his wife, three grown children and three grandchildren.



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