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Suspected Dog Poisoning: 'If They Did It To A Puppy, They Will Do It To Anybody'

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A total of $5,500 is now being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the suspected poisoning of at least two dogs in Northwest Spokane.

It was only last month when the Spokane Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) was looking for someone who put shards of glass in meatballs and threw them into fenced yards in Spokane Valley. Now, SCRAPS is busy once again investigating a similar case.

It happened Friday in the 3600 block of West Wellesley when Melissa and Roy Combs’ four-month-old puppy, Charlie, was found to be violently ill by family friends. He was rushed to the vet – and into emergency surgery. His phosphorus levels were found to be dangerously high and the Combs believe the culprit was found in their own backyard.

“They found a meatball, it was obvious he had eaten a lot of it, it had some kind of substance in it,” Melissa Combs told KHQ.

That substance will now be tested at WSU’s Animal Diagnostic Disease Lab in Pullman.

But Charlie may not have been the first to eat it.

“One of my neighbors, their dog, Ringo, was having seizures on New Years Eve," Combs added, referring to the home directly across the street.

And another neighbor, Lee Anderson, actually lost his dog of 11 years around Thanksgiving after she became suddenly, violently ill and had to be put down.

“One of the questions they asked me was, ‘Was she poisoned?’” Anderson told KHQ’s Kelsey Watts. “And at the time my other two dogs were okay so I blew it off, but now with this case I'm wondering she was poisoned."

Now, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. A friend of the Combs’ is also putting up $500, and everyone in the neighborhood is hoping someone saw something.

“It sure does seem pretty suspicious,” Combs added. “If they did it to a puppy, they’ll do it to anybody.”

Whoever is responsible could be facing first-degree animal abuse, a felony punishable by 5 years and/or a $10,000 fine. To report a tip or animal abuse in your neighborhood, call SCRAPS at 509-477-2532.

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