In June of this year, an Arizona veterinarian was accused of punching a Chihuahua while he was examining her. Dr. Joshua Winston allegedly hit Bella, the Chihuahua, 3-5 times in the head causing her eye to dislodge. Two veterinary technicians witnessed and reported the incident. Winston denied all charges.
The Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board has found no signs of animal abuse or malpractice in Winston’s case. The board agreed that there was no evidence that he had acted unprofessionally, and the animal abuse complaint was dismissed against him. Five of the nine board members voted in favor of Winston, while two voted against him, and the other two were absent.
In regards to how Bella’s eye was dislodged, one board member said: “It does happen when you restrain the little dogs. They get pressure on the sides, with no physical harm.” He added that there was no indication of bruising or any other injury that proved Winston hit the dog.
Despite the veterinary board dismissing the animal abuse claims, Winston still faces the criminal case against him.
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas called the board decision “disappointing and contrary to the weight of the evidence” and said they will continue to prosecute Winston.
After the board made their decision, Winston said “(The board) saw what they saw, and I’m just glad they saw what I saw. I can’t say much more. . . . It’s been a really difficult time for me.”
Source: Arizona Republic