Dr. James Nelson, a Pennsylvania veterinarian, was cleared of malpractice charges and was awarded by the court $10,000 for his legal fees.
The malpractice charges came when Nelson euthanized a woman’s dog in September 2001. She alleged that Nelson was unprofessional and claimed that he told her that she’d “rot in hell” for filing a complaint against him.
The State Board of Veterinary Medicine ruled that Nelson be publicly reprimanded, undergo anger management classes and apologize.
But Nelson appealed and the judges stated that Nelson may have been rude, but added that didn’t have any bearing on his competence or professional aptitude.
The board has been ordered to pay Nelson $10,000, the maximum amount allowed under Pennsylvania law.