Chester County vet held for trial in cruelty case

A Chester County veterinarian whose clients include some of the largest commercial kennels in the state, will stand trial on animal cruelty charges.

A Lancaster County district judge ruled yesterday that there was enough evidence against Dr. Tom Stevenson for allegedly amputing without anesthesia the tail of a nine-week-old puppy to warrant a trial.

Lancaster assistant district attorney Christine Wilson called the act "beyond cruel" and "reprehensible," according to the Lancaster Intelligencer. Stevenson, who operates Twin Valley Veterinary Clinic in Honey Brook, could face up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine - and the loss of his veterinary medical license - if convicted.

In addition to being responsible for the care of thousands of dogs in large kennels, Stevenson also certifies the health of many dogs bred in Pennsylvania and sold in pet stores in New Jersey where he is the subject of a consumer fraud lawsuit.

Read the Lancaster Intelligencer's story on the hearing here.

Read the Inquirer story of the PSPCA-led investigation that led to Stevenson's arrest here