Thursday, September 9, 2010

Is someone poisoning VaHi's pets?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Pill and puppy food casserole
  • Via VaHi Safety Team Special Report
  • Pill and puppy food casserole
It's a murdery day in the neighborhood ...

A Virginia-Highland resident sent the following email to the VaHi Safety Team (in turn, sending it to members of its listserv):

Hi All,
For the past 6-8 months I have suspected that someone in our neighborhood has been inhumanely trapping animals. And by that I mean, setting traps that cause serious injury or death, with the latter being more common.

This morning I came across a pile of advil and tylenol (and a random yellow tablet) sprinkled with what appears to be dog food. I found this in the parking lot of an apartment complex behind my condo bldg - where I often walk my pets and where I often see people letting their dogs run off-leash. If an un-leashed (or leashed) dog had come across this, he or she could have ingested a deadly amount of pills before the pet owner even knew what was happening.

Dog owners should stay close to their pets while on walks and pay attention to their surroundings to prevent a potential tragedy. Cat owners should not let their cats outdoors anyway due to dangers such as getting hit by a car or crossing paths with an aggressive dog - but given the recent suspicion of inhumane trapping and intentional poisoning, cat owners should take extra precautions to make sure their cats do not go outside for any reason.

A representative from the VaHi Safety Team called 911 about the stray cat booby trap, and was referred to Fulton County Animal Services. Their Animal Cruelty Task Force should be launching an investigation.

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