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A Post Falls family is searching for answers after their 4-year old dachshund was put to sleep on Thursday due to internal bleeding. However, doctors at the River City Animal Hospital determined the dog's hemorrhaging was caused by the ingestion of rat poison.

"My kids lost their best friend, 'Scooter,' I mean he was my daughter's companion animal. He was such a sweet boy and it's just really awful knowing someone would do that to him," said the dog's owner Paige McCann.

On Wednesday, September 3, Paige had let Scooter out to use the bathroom. She noticed him eating something in the grass, and assumed it was food one of her five kids had dropped, but hours later the dog began vomiting.

"The next day I woke up and he had been panting and he was pretty white. He could barely stand up and he was coughing. The vet told us he had ingested rat poison," says McCann.

Doctor Brian Luce with the River City Animal Hospital said it's not uncommon for a dog or cat to eat rat poison. They get cases like this at least once a month.

"In order for baits to be effective for rats or mice, they're often in a grain, kind of a packed grain form so they smell good. They smell tasty. The animals are interested in them because it seems like something you'd want to eat."

McCann, however, said she doesn't use rat poison and neither does her apartment complex. She feels the poison was left there intentionally, because this wasn't the first this has happened. In November of 2013, she had let her dog Scooter and her other dog, a chihuahua mix, out to use the restroom, just like she had on September 3. Again, the dogs ate something out of the yard, Scooter was lucky enough to survive, but the chihuahua passed away after being taken to the hospital.

Two dogs died within two years of each other from the same thing. For the McCann family, they're left wondering how this poison got into their yard, twice. They feel it's because they have a "beware of dog" sign hung up in their window. While they say their dogs were extremely friendly, the sign was put up to protect young children.

"It was just an incredible waste of life for my dogs. I mean, my chihuahua was only two and my dachshund was four years old. I thought I'd have them both old with grey muzzles, and now I don't have that."

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