Authorities investigate new poisoned meatball complaint - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Authorities investigate new poisoned meatball complaint

















(One of the meatballs discovered Friday near Regal and
the Palouse Highway)


SPOKANE, Wash. - For the fifth time in less than a week, animal control officers are investigating a report of suspicious meatballs being found near animals on Spokane's South Hill.

Three dogs have been reported dead after eating meatballs found in their yard which some believe is tainted with poison.

An official with Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS) says meatballs found on the South Hill will be sent to Washington State University for testing.

Suspicious meatballs were found in yards last week near the intersections of 55th Street and Freya, as well as Regal and the Palouse Highway.

A woman near the intersection of 36th and Grand called police on Sunday to report a meatball stuck on her fencepost.

An animal control officer went to the home Monday morning but was unable to locate the suspicious food.

"We're waiting for our complainant to get home and find out if she still has it and where it was and see if we can maybe tie it together if it's related," said SpokAnimal's David Walker.

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.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information in this case.

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.

"Anyone capable of poisoning innocent dogs can be dangerous to people," said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The Humane Society of the United States. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."

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