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Florida Woman Used Dead Dog's Prescriptions to Score Drugs

A Wilton Manors woman found a new and innovative way to get her hands on some drugs.

She used her dog's prescriptions from the Floresta Animal Hospital in Boynton Beach to get her hands on 240 hydrocodone and acetaminophen pills between July and November 2012.

Her dog didn't seem to mind. Because her dog was dead.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report, Suzanne Lee Kraus, 41, worked at the veterinarian hospital from September 2010 to September 2012.

Kraus allegedly stole veterinarian's prescription sheets from the animal hospital and forged prescriptions for her dog Higgins, who had been dead for nine months.

Kraus apparently had the prescriptions filled at her local Walgreens at South Military Trail and West Woolbright Road in West Boynton Beach.

She allegedly filled the prescriptions nine times. It was on the ninth trip that a Walgreens pharmacist had gotten suspicious and probably wondered why the hell this dog wasn't healing already and thought 240 hydrocodone and acetaminophen pills is a helluva lot of pills to give a dog, so the pharmacist called the vet.

Also, it turns out that acetaminophen is toxic to dogs.

A vet at the animal hospital verified that the prescriptions were, in fact, not at all authorized by him or any other doctor at Floresta.

An investigation that included phone records of Kraus speaking with the Walgreens pharmacy led police to an arrest.

Kraus was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.

She now faces multiple charges including obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, prescription forgery, and theft.

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