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UPDATE: Veterinarian accused of stealing clinic drugs

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ANTIGO (WAOW) - The animal clinic where a veterinarian accused of stealing drugs worked said Friday the veterinarian was suspended in March and subsequently fired.

"The Antigo Veterinary Clinic has taken all measures to ensure the safety of their patients and is taking legal action against Dr. Blandin," the clinic said in a statement.

Benjamin Blandin, 27, was charged with two counts of felony possession of narcotic drugs without a prescription and three misdemeanors, including mistreating animals, in Langlade County Circuit Court. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance July 15 at 1:30 p.m.

The criminal complaint said Blandin stole morphine intended for animal use and watered down the remaining drugs to cover up the theft.

The veterinarian told his employer that his "drug issues" went back to using Vicodin as a college football player, the document said.

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ANTIGO (WAOW) – A one-time veterinarian in Antigo stole morphine intended for animal use and watered down the remaining drugs to cover up the theft, according to a criminal complaint.

The veterinarian told his employer, Antigo Vet Clinic, that his "drug issues" went back to using Vicodin as a college football player, the document said.

Benjamin Blandin, 27, was charged with two counts of felony possession of narcotic drugs without a prescription and three misdemeanors, including mistreating animals, in Langlade County Circuit Court. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance July 15 at 1:30 p.m.

According to the complaint, a co-worker discovered Blandin taking drugs from the clinic's primary drug supply box March 1.

Three days later, Blandin told the clinic's owner that he had been stealing morphine, hydromorphone and hydrocodone for a "bit over a month" and added water back to the bottles, diluting the drugs that were administered to animals, the complaint said.

Blandin told Dr. Sarah Lautzenhiser that he stole the drugs daily, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, Lautzenhiser told investigators the diluted drugs may have affected some animal surgeries, including one where her own cat suffered an "anesthesia crisis" and needed to be revived, the complaint said.

No attorney was listed for Blandin on online court records.

Blandin, who was fired from the clinic in April, now lives in Nobelsville, Ind., the complaint said.

The maximum punishment for each felony drug charge is up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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