Montclair, widow of NJ accused of posing as a vet


A 39-year-old woman from Montclair faces charges after authorities said she opened a veterinary clinic in Totowa without a license.

Alia Muslih was arrested on Friday, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes.

She ran both the Totowa Animal Hospital and the Seven Star Pet Resort at 140 Furler Street in Totowa, Valdes said.

Muslih’s husband, Adel Hamdan, was a licensed veterinarian. The 73-year-old man died in December from COVID-19, as previously reported by

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine has confirmed that Muslih is not a licensed veterinarian and that the Totowa Animal Hospital is no longer a licensed veterinary clinic.

Hamdan was allowed to operate the property in Totowa until his death, according to the same regulatory database.

Muslih had reinforced the false impression that she was a licensed veterinarian, prosecutors said.

She was charged with second degree theft through deception, malpractice and unauthorized possession of prescription drugs, as well as third degree animal cruelty.

After a first court appearance on Saturday, Muslih was released on pre-trial supervision on the condition that she did not return to work.

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