Who Is Poisoning Dogs and Why?

One of our neighbors is asking for our help. Someone is poisoning her dogs. It's already happened twice.

Vicki Wagner wants to know who is doing it and why.

“Since this happened in November, we haven't got another dog yet,” she said.

Wagner is a dog lover. But she can't figure out why someone wants to harm her dogs.

Last November, her two dogs were in a fenced in yard near 65th and Ellison Ave. Vicki noticed one was sick.

“Something was wrong with him and so we would take him down to the vet and went out and called the other one and it didn't come and it was laying out on the sidewalk,” she said.

Both dogs died...they were poisoned with strychnine.

A few weeks ago, it happened again. This time Vicki’s son's girlfriend's dog was in the backyard a short time.

“Murphy was shaking real bad and she said it just didn't seem right and I told her to taken him down to the vet,” she said.

Murphy was also poisoned, with strychnine. This time, the dog survived.

“We will push for felony prosecution based on the torture aspect of the state statute. So whoever is doing this it might not be a big thing in their mind but if we find them, we will push for a felony prosecution,” Mark Langan of the Nebraska Humane Society said.

It's easy to see how vulnerable a dog could be. In the first instance, whoever did it used meat laced with strychnine. Charlie helps us to demonstrate...look at how quickly he eats the meat. And if that were poisoned, it's in his system.

Doctor Mala Erickson is a veterinarian at the Nebraska Humane Society. She said at that point, the clock is rapidly ticking.

“ It has to be absorbed through the stomach lining and then reaches the blood stream and then it can affect the nervous system,” she said. “So it does take some time for it to get absorbed but it's so easily absorbed so that's why we see symptoms so quickly.”

Doctor Erickson says the animal starts to go through convulsions and seizures. “And the seizures can be quite violent where the animal will thrash and get stiff and all of their limbs get very rigid and it can happen quite quickly,” she said.

Meanwhile, Vicki Wagner wants to know why someone is targeting her dogs. “They're sick...they're sick,” she said. “I just want to find out whoever is doing it. It's just not right. You're a sick individual if you are going to poison poor defenseless animals like that.”

The Nebraska Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information, is asked to call the Nebraska Humane Society at (402) 444-7800, extension 1.

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