There are a few crucial qualities that pet owners might seek in a veterinarian: experience, bedside manner, a natural love of animals. "Crippling meth addiction" would probably rank toward the bottom of the list.
But that's just what former Dallas-area vet David Snyder had, and it led to his 44-year prison sentence earlier this week, according to WFAA. One of the signs of said addiction is apparently an inability to come up with a good lie: Former client Linda Erwin told the station that they dropped off their Chihuahua, Sugar, at his office in 2011, never to see him again. Snyder's explanation? Someone stole the dog.
A bewildered Erwin was quoted as saying, "What happened to her? What did he really do to her? Don't we deserve to know where she is and what happened to her?"
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All valid questions. Besides, is it even possible to trade a Chihuahua for meth?
According to the story, Snyder voluntarily surrendered his license, and he was later charged with five drug-related felonies.
"With good behavior, Snyder could conceivably be up for parole in two and a half years," according to the story. "Even so, he'll have to wait [until] 2017 to reapply for his veterinary license. If he gets his license back, we hope he'll equip the office with a state of the art security system to thwart roving bands of Chihuahua bandits.