A Pennsylvania veterinarian was found not guilty of animal neglect, animal mistreatment and abuse on Friday morning by Magisterial Court Judge Brian Germano in Monroe County.
Dr. Clair Thompson, the owner of the Pocono Animal Wellness Services (PAWS) in Marshalls Creek says the legal battle has taken a significant toll on his health and is relieved the fight is finally over.
According to the Pocono Record.com, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized ten dogs in March 2012 for neglecting to supervise and keep his dogs safe, mistreating the dogs, and other acts of abuse.
One of the charges centered around a three-legged pit bull named Targa who attacked and killed a Boston terrier named Blanche while the two dogs were in Thompson’s car. On a trip back from Philadelphia, Thompson stopped at a store and when he returned to the car, Blanche was dead. As to the charge of failing to supervise the dogs to keep them safe, Judge Germano stated the attack could not have been prevented. In the past the dogs were not aggressive towards each other; in fact the dogs would frequently sleep together.
The Pennsylvania SPCA, in a statement expressed how disappointed they were with the Judge’s ruling.
Judge Germano stated what happened was “not the result of a cruel or wanton act.”
The PA Homepage.com states SPCA investigator Elizabeth Anderson also accused Thompson of having malnourished dogs. Thompson told the court the dogs were in the process of being rehabilitated.
As Judge Germano dropped all of the charges against Dr. Thompson, he addressed the courtroom about witnesses who were “wholly lacking in credibility, disgruntled with the doctor for one reason or another,” and as having ” an ulterior motive to fabricate.”
Thompson’s defense attorney, Jeffrey Conrad stated the PA SPCA were overstepping and abusing their power and is requesting an investigation into the organization by Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.
Dr. Thompson hopes to have the dogs returned to him, however if the dogs are happy in their foster homes, Thompson would be happy to leave them where they are.
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