The first case took place in Vaughn, northwest of the city. The CBC reported that the dog was out for a walk with his owner last Wednesday and began eating something near a community mailbox. Only hours later, the dog became violently ill, and within two days, was euthanized. The veterinarian involved noted that the dog appeared to have ingested glycol – a chemical found in antifreeze.
York Regional Police were contacted and upon investigation found more of the tainted dog kibble.
Following this incident, another dog became seriously ill after picking up and beginning to chew a green treat at Thorncliffe Park in east Toronto last Friday. CityNews reported that the owner who was walking his dog immediately removed the treat, and later, after his dog became ill, returned to the park and found several more of the green treats, which gave off a strong chemical smell.
In both of these cases there are no suspects or known purpose behind the poisoned treats. However, these incidents are not uncommon. Typically, individuals frustrated with local wildlife or pets such as cats and dogs will attempt to take matters into their own hands, rather than working with their municipalities or community to find solutions.
The Fur-Bearers advises that pet owners keep their dogs on leash when in public areas and always try to stop their pets from eating foreign objects; we also recommend contacting your local animal control or SPCA if you see suspicious food items in popular dog or wildlife areas.
Anyone who has information about these or similar crimes is urged to contact the Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Non-lethal solutions to conflict always exist – and we urge communities to work together to prevent such needless and cruel deaths.
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