Suspects showed up at clinic to get drugs for dog before thefts, veterinarian says

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ASHLAND, Ohio–  Casey Pattie, 21, and Sky Parker Rosa Dedic, 20, were arrested for their suspected involvement in at least three break-ins including a local veterinary clinic.

Ashland police said their investigation confirmed that the two suspects are responsible for breaking into the Claremont Veterinary Clinic earlier this month, in addition to the Ashland Golf Club and the Family Chiropractic Clinic.

Dr. Donald Kaeser, a veterinarian at the Claremont Clinic tells Fox 8 News that Pattie and Dedic were at the clinic with an American bulldog just a short while before their break-in, but were turned away when they were trying to get Tramadol for the dog.

“They wanted some pain medicine for a dog that they brought in, but my daughter, Dr. Kristine LaFever, refused to give them the pills and they got quite irate and they left,” said Kaeser.

Clinic staff said they learned through contact with other veterinary hospitals in the area that Pattie and Dedic may have stopped at as many as three or four other veterinary clinics on the same day seeking drugs.

Overnight on July 10, employees at the Claremont Clinic said they arrived to find a window smashed out of one side of their building, and when they went inside, they found another window smashed with glass all over an examining room.

Whoever broke in used instruments from a glass case in the office to pry open a safe where drugs were kept and cleaned the practice out of both Tramadol and Phenobarbital.

“Fortunately for us we did get DNA from them because they did cut themselves on the way through the windows and we had that on the counters and the investigator did get that and he wanted that so he could verify it,” said Kaeser.

The thieves also took money from a collection jar intended to help families with pets who have difficulty paying their veterinary bills.

Ashland police said Pattie and Dedic were already on their radar when Pattie was arrested on an unrelated charge.

“He was actually arrested for a shoplifting offense. Getting that information to our detectives and them conducting follow-up enabled them to perform a search warrant at their residence and recovered evidence of these further crimes,” said Ashland Police Chief David Marcelli.

Information from the investigation has also been turned over to authorities in Wayne County where the sheriff’s office is also looking into at least three other recent veterinary clinic break-ins including one in Orrville on Tuesday in which drugs were stolen.

“The information that we obtained during our investigation revealed that these two people were involved in three break-ins in Wayne County at veterinary clinics,” said Marcelli.

The break-ins have concerned investigators in both counties.

As it is across the country and throughout the state of Ohio, heroin and increasing numbers of overdoses has become a growing problem.

“Like all communnities in the state, we have experienced a spike in the use and sales of heroin and opiates. We have had seventeen overdoses so far this year in this county, five in just the last couple weeks,” said Marcelli.

“It’s very concerning because, for one, that person may be using it themselves which can harm them, or they are going to be selling it. And when they are getting it, especially at a veterinary clinic they may not know what specific drug they have or the different effects they have on an animal versus a human. So when they go to sell that drug, whatever they think they are selling it as, the person who is buying it doesn’t know it came from a veterinary clinic,” said Ashland Police Detective Brian Evans.

The investigation involving Pattie and Dedic is still in its very early stages but at the Claremont Clinic, Dr. Kaeser is very pleased to hear of the arrests.

“I don’t understand all the drugs the kids are on today, but I knew it was going to end up in somebody’s possession to get high or to use, where I needed the drugs to help animals through seizures, to help prevent seizures, and animals with pain to treat their pain.”

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