Clackamas County Veterinarian Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Employees

A Clackamas County veterinarian has been arrested and charged with coercion and menacing for allegedly threatening the employees of his veterinary practice, Companion Pet Clinic on SE 82nd Drive in Clackamas.

Keith Bartholomew, 61, allegedly brandished a handgun at an employee in the clinic’s parking lot in September, and allegedly sent threatening text messages to a former employee last month. During the warrant search that led to his arrest on Oct. 31, police confiscated multiple firearms in Bartholomew’s possession — which was in violation of a restraining order filed against him in Multnomah County.

Bartholomew was also recently accused of re-homing a pit bull puppy without the owner’s knowledge — having previously told the owner that the puppy had to be euthanized. 

According to a press release, the Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force, which includes the Canby Police Department, is working on an additional case involving Bartholomew allegedly tampering with drug records, as well as multiple allegations of animal abuse and animal neglect, though no formal charges have been filed at this time.

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