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ANDREW SHALEK, vet technician, accused of animal cruelty and stealing drugs intended for animals

- Arizona, USA -

On Monday, September 11, 2023, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department arrested 40-years-old ANDREW KYLE SHALEK (pictured) in connection with drug-related offenses and animal cruelty incidents that took place at a veterinarian clinic in Catalina Foothills where he was employed as veterinarian technician.

The arrest is the result of a joint investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration launched on Friday, September 8, 2023.

Deputies responded to the clinic and the investigation revealed that fentanyl and hydromorphone had been removed from a locked drug cabinet. These drugs were meant to be utilized for surgeries and pain maintenance for animals. The sheriff’s department said SHALEK was caught on camera stealing the medicine from vials and replacing it with saline.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by Voice For Us, staff at the veterinary clinic told investigators “‘multiple surgeries experienced complicationsbecause painkillers used for procedures had been switched with saline.”

Detectives and the DEA executed a search warrant at SHALEK’s residence where evidence was found and confiscated.

The criminal complaint stated that SHALEK “admitted to injecting himself with the drugs” he further admitted to having a drug addiction and “could not help himself.”

Animal Cruelty detectives with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department are reviewing the case with the Pima County Attorney’s Office and said that additional charges may be forthcoming.

SHALEK has a criminal history in Pima County.

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SHALEK's mugshot provided to Voice For Us by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

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Judy A Canon
Judy A Canon
Sep 20, 2023

To think of how those blessed animals suffered through surgery is unimaginable. Drug problem or not, this addict must be punished & never never allowed around animal hospitals or anywhere else he will have access to drugs!

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