Hearing set for Chester County vet on animal cruelty charge

A preliminary hearing is set  for tomorrow for a Chester County veterinarian accused of animal cruelty.

Tom Stevenson, of Twin Valley Veterinary Clinic in Honey Brook, was charged with a first degree misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty for allegedly cutting off a puppy's tail while holding it under scalding water with no anesthesia. Charges were brought by a Pennsylvania SPCA investigator who witnessed the incident at a Lancaster County kennel last month. Stevenson is the veterinarian of record for thousands of dogs housed in many of the largest kennels in Lancaster County.

Also charged with animal cruelty was Samuel King, the owner of Country Lane kennel, where the incident occurred, according to the criminal complaint.

For the full Inquirer story on the investigation click here.

Stevenson's hearing before District Justice Stuart Mylin is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in Quarryville.

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