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Florida Woman Arrested for "Doctor Shopping" at Animal Hospitals

December 22, 2016

Malorie Ruiz allegedly showed up at Park Animal Hospital seeking a prescription for Alpazolam (a form of Xanax) for her dog, Tony Montana.  At first she did not raise suspicion.  But she immediately called back to request a refill, offering inconsistent stories for why she needed it so quickly.  According to the owner of the pet hospital, Ruiz "called and said that she was going out of town and they dropped the drugs in the toilet or something . . . Oh no, she couldn't find the key . . . . The key to the safe."  When the pet hospital refused to refill the prescription, Ruiz called the same pharmacy three days in a row, trying to pressure the technician to fill the prescription.  Ruiz was arrested and charged with doctor shopping and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.   


For more information, see:


Christopher Coble, "Florida Woman Uses Pet to 'Doctor Shop' at Animal Hospitals," Findlaw Blog, Dec.15, 2016,


Chip Osowski, "Pinellas Park Woman Charged with Doctor Shopping at Animal Hospitals," News Channel 8, Dec. 2, 2016,

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