Vet clinic employee sentenced for stealing, using animal meds


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:24 am on Friday, October 14, 2011

Travis Hill

STANTON — A former receptionist at Orchard View Veterinary Clinic in Montcalm Township was sentenced to jail time last week for stealing and using animal medication from his employer.
Travis Hill, 24, of Greenville, was charged with larceny in a building and possession of narcotics less than 25 grams.
Michigan State Police Trooper Jeff Hoffman, who works out of the Sheridan detachment, investigated a complaint at Orchard View in December 2010.
A clinic employee noticed Hill was acting strangely and called an ambulance. Hill was found to be under the influence of an anti-seizure medication for animals. Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services transported him to Spectrum Health United Hospital.
Orchard View Veterinary Clinic Dr. Tammy Brodie said she later noticed medication had been missing when she did her regular audit.
After investigation, the complaint was forwarded to the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office, which issued the two-count felony warrant. Prosecutor Andrea Krause said further investigation was necessary before she could issue the warrant, which is why the process took so long.
Hill’s defense attorney, Eric Holt of Greenville, said his client suffers from mental health issues.
“People who are genuinely happy and genuinely content with their life, they don’t go on benders,” Holt said. “This individual was trying to escape from his life. He wanted to be in another world.
Krause disagreed.
“It wasn’t because he was trying to commit suicide,” she said. “It was because he was trying to get high.”
Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger said she was concerned about the large amounts of drugs Hill was using.
“There are significant amounts of drugs that they cannot account for other than just this one shot,” she said. “I want to grab your attention and send a message to you that substance abuse and taking advantage of other individuals to get high at your own peril is simply not acceptable.”
Hill had a presentence agreement, but Kreeger decided to increase his jail sentence due to his extensive use of drugs.
Kreeger gave Hill the option to withdraw his plea, but he chose not to. Kreeger then sentenced Hill to 30 days in jail with 15 days to be suspended if he successfully completes all other terms of his probation.
Brodie previously told The Daily News this is the first time in her 23 years at the clinic that something like this has happened.
“Our drugs are kept under lock and key,” she said. “We have since restricted access to the keys even more.”

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