Montclair, NJ widow accused of posing as veterinarian

A 39-year-old woman from Montclair faces charges after authorities said she opened an unlicensed veterinary clinic in Totowa.

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

She ran both 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 of COVID-19 in December, as previously reported by

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

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

According to the public prosecutor’s office, Muslih had reinforced the false impression that she was a licensed veterinarian.

She was charged with second degree theft through deception, corporate misconduct, and unlicensed possession of prescription drugs, and third degree animal cruelty.

After an initial court appearance on Saturday, Muslih was released on condition that she did not return to the store.

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