Police raid Saginaw veterinarian's office, take doctor away in handcuffs

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SAGINAW (WJRT) (4/13/2018) - Police and Saginaw County Animal Control officers raided a veterinarian's office on Friday, leading the doctor away in handcuffs.

Authorities did not comment on what they are investigating and what evidence they were seeking from Agawa Companion Animal Hospital in the morning. Dr. Virginia Leis operates the clinic.

Ryan Plotana had an appointment to bring in his pet for an appointment Friday until he got a message at the last minute saying the office would have to reschedule.

"I had an appointment at 11:00 and she said she would have to get back with me and reschedule the appointment. I don't know why," he said.

Code enforcement officials posted signs on the building saying it has been condemned, but they did not discuss the reasons why.

People outside the clinic watching authorities walk in and out of the building were surprised that the raid was taking place. They said Leis does a great job caring for animals and their families.

"I've been coming here for years. The place has always done a good job for me," Plonta said.

A volunteer said Leis keeps her own pets in the building on Davenport Avenue and also breeds dogs there.

Leis was arrested at the clinic and later released without any charges being filed. Authorities were continuing their investigation into the clinic on Friday.

Saginaw County Animal Control could not be reached for comment.

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