Former local pet clinic employee sentenced

Probation for embezzlement at spay and neuter facility
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A former receptionist at North Auburn’s Animal Spay & Neuter Clinic was sentenced Monday to three years probation in an embezzlement case that nearly closed the nonprofit facility.

Sentenced was 45-year-old Michelle Lynn Schady, who worked at the clinic as a trusted employee for more than three years until her departure under a cloud of suspicion in April 2015.

Schady was sentenced by Placer County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Penny more than three years after she was initially arrested and booked into jail on an embezzlement charge in July 2015.

The sentencing following a plea deal leaves Schady with a felony count on her record that could be dropped to a misdemeanor after 1½ years.

Dede Shaw, Spay & Neuter Clinic board chairman and clinic manager, said that there was no order in the sentence for restitution. The 25-year-old clinic’s estimate was that it lost more than $100,000.

“She nearly shut down our clinic, which serves the whole community,” Shaw said. “She didn’t steal from us — she stole from the animals.”

The clinic’s insurance company partly paid out the claim for the lost money and the nonprofit has since made a financial comeback, Shaw said. The clinic’s software has also been made more secure so that a similar theft will never happen again, she said.