Vet tech steals cancer drugs for pets

A Dutchess County woman faces up to seven years in prison.

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PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. — A veterinary technician who worked in Southeast stole life-saving oncology drugs used to treat animals with cancer from a facility.

Dutchess County resident Alyssa Sanchez was convicted of third-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal possession of stolen property after a jury trial on Dec. 1.


Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tandy said Sanchez worked for Guardian Veterinary Specialists. Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Guardian on July 28, 2022, after fellow employees reported Sanchez carrying drugs in his personal bag.

Tandy said she had seen him do this on several occasions before reporting it to management.

“It’s very sad that essential cancer drugs for dogs, cats – people’s beloved pets – would be stolen by a vet tech. It’s a really low job,” he said. “Fortunately, Guardian employees and management remained vigilant and reached out to law enforcement.”

The case was investigated by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Asst.
District Attorneys Mackenzie Ferguson and Melissa Lynch.

Sanchez will be sentenced Jan. 31 by County Court Judge Anthony Mull. He faces a maximum of 2/3 to 7 years in state prison.

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