After retiring in 2002, Hines launched a website that was run solely by him. He posted articles about pet health and care that were free to the public to access. Hines states that he also had contact with many pet owners via emails and even by telephone to offer his medical advice.
After 10 years and over 200 articles and countless pet owners helped, Dr. Hines was forced to shut his website down for fear of punishment. The Texas Veterinarian Board contends that he is in violation of Texas law by giving advice without first examining the pet.
Hines has sued the 9 members of the board, claiming they are violating his First Amendment rights. He also claims that there are more than 18 websites like his and that a Texas news station sponsors a “Call a Vet” segment where people can call in and get advice about their pets from licensed veterinarians. If that is not in violation of Texas laws, then why is he?