Dogs follow their noses, and that can get them in trouble. And now dog owners in Delta, BC, are following their noses to get to the bottom of what got a few local pets sick last week.
CTV News reported on the sudden appearance of raw meat and bones at an off leash park in the community, where several dogs have fallen ill.
“It was like a good sized pork chop, about three-quarters of an inch thick,” one dog owner told CTV. “The dog owners here already know about all the meat that's showing up unexpectedly.”
Multiple theories abound from the dog park visitors – including wildlife photographers trying to arouse the interest of eagles that are common in the area, or the eagles themselves dropping pieces of meat from a nearby landfill.
It’s also sadly not uncommon for individuals frustrated with area wildlife to attempt their own poisoning, often using meat or dog treats to bait animals.
But whatever the cause, an investigation is warranted. Dogs are falling ill, which also likely means local wildlife are becoming ill, and there’s no reason to believe this pattern will suddenly stop.
Whether it’s someone who is willing to be irresponsible to get a photo, someone who means to do harm to animals, or eagles with butter fingers, the cause must be determined so future illnesses can be prevented.