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Drug addicts intentionally hurt their pets to get pain pills for their own use

By Mason White 1:57 PM December 12, 2013
Injured dog illustration 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
Drug addicts are known to do dangerous and criminal activity to get their next fix.

Sadly, people are now hurting their animals in order to get drugs.

The Ohio Attorney General believes that drug addicts are now getting their prescription pain pills from their veterinarians after injuring their pets.

Attorney General Mike DeWine is working with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, to educate veterinarians to recognize the sign of intentional abuse to animals when people are seeking medicines for dogs, cats and other pets.

Lawmakers are toughening penalties for cruelty to “companion animals,” such as dogs, cats and other animals that live indoors.

Jill Del Greco, a spokesperson for the Attorney General, said that they have heard from police and community leaders that people are abusing drugs, which were prescribed to their pets, and that some people were intentionally injuring the animals to get the drugs.

Del Greco said that it is not always pet owners who abuse the drugs, but a family member might steal the animal’s drugs to use it or sell it.