SCRAPS: Dogs' deaths linked, suspicious meatballs may be cause - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

SCRAPS: Dogs' deaths linked, suspicious meatballs may be cause

SPOKANE, Wash. - SCRAPS believes the deaths of three dogs on Spokane's South Hill Friday are linked and may have been caused by suspicious meatballs soaked in an unknown substance.

Friday morning, a woman reported to SCRAPS that she let her dogs outside around 6 a.m. and when she went outside to feed her horses she saw one of her dogs eating something.

She called her dog away from what was later identified as meatballs and about a half hour later the dog started having convulsions and was taken to the Pet Emergency Clinic where it later died.

This incident occurred on her property near Regal and the Palouse Highway and is the second suspected poisoning in the South Hill vicinity Friday. Two other dogs were reported dead by another owner near 55th and Freya.

In the on-going investigation of the deaths, an animal protection officer found two additional locations where there were suspicious meatballs soaked in an unknown substance. One was on the side of the road near a fenced yard in the 3300 block of East 55th Street. The second was in the same vicinity but inside a fenced yard.

The suspected meat is being sent to Washington State University where it will be tested.

"All pet owners should closely inspect their yard and surrounding property when they arrive home tonight," said Nancy Hill, Director of SCRAPS. "We have now linked the two suspected poisonings and are very concerned that there are more out there," continued Nancy Hill.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or wanting to report suspicious activity which might be related to this type of animal cruelty is asked to call SCRAPS at 477-2761.

This level of cruelty could result in a charge of animal cruelty in the first degree, a class C felony which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and $10,000 fine.

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