A Takoma Park veterinarian has been fined $3,000 by the Maryland Board of Veterinary Examiners in the starvation death of a dog boarded at his kennel last year at 6701 New Hampshire Ave.
Dr. Arsenio S. Peralta, 41, who has practiced in the area for seven years, also had his license suspended for 60 days and was placed on probation for six months as a result of a ruling Tuesday.
The incident, which occurred last November, was brought before the board by the Washington Humane Society. The dog, a Doberman pinscher, was left with Peralta a year before it died, according to Brenda Purvis, an officer with the humane society. She said the humane society learned of the incident from two of the veterinarian's employes. "I'm very pleased," Purvis said yesterday. "She the dog suffered a great deal."
But Peralta said the dog died because it had pneumonia and worms and refused to eat. "I put him on medication and he didn't respond. What can you do?"
Peralta, who appeared before the board March 25, said he is appealing its action. "I feel the decision was greatly influenced because I am a minority," said the Philippines-trained veterinarian. Peralta said he boarded the dog for a year because its owner had not yet found a home with enough space for the animal. "The owner didn't complain. He even told me he'd testify I did not neglect the dog."