An Arizona veterinarian remained on life support today and her husband was being held on a charge of attempted murder after she was found unconscious in their home.
Kerman Dubash, DVM, MS, the co-owner of Pusch Ridge Pet Clinic in the Tucson suburb of Oro Valley, was taken to a hospital after a 911 call Sunday afternoon brought emergency responders to the couple’s home.
Her husband, George A. Majewski, 62, a veterinarian whose license was revoked in 2010, was arrested based on statements he made to investigators, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department reported.
“It appears that he physically assaulted his wife,” the department stated in a news release.
Dr. Dubash is a 1986 graduate of Bombay Veterinary College in India, according to her profile on the Pusch Ridge website. She earned a master’s degree in veterinary preventive medicine from Ohio State University in 1994 and a year later interned at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.
A Pusch Ridge representative declined to comment.
Dubash’s husband lost his license in 2010 after the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board determined that he threatened a client in a telephone call, left two hostile voice messages on a board member’s home answering machine and sent harassing emails to the board’s executive director.
The board in 2004 placed him on a year’s probation because of poor medical care involving a rabbit and in 2009 ordered two year’s probation because of inadequate care of a dog with a broken leg.
A board document stated that Majewski acknowledged having psychological problems and being suicidal. A 2010 letter from his psychiatrist as the board weighed Majewski’s case described him as suffering from severe mental illness and bipolar disorder.
The letter stated that Majewski was raised in Poland, that he and his family were “severely persecuted” by the communist government and that they defected to the West.
“The board’s actions against Dr. Majewski have triggered a severe relapse of his PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder],” psychiatrist James C. Van Doren, M.D., wrote.
“Dr. Majewski felt threatened by the board’s actions, which he felt were unjust,” Van Doren added. “These powerful associations to his early life experiences with oppressive regimes cause him to snap.”