Poisoned meatballs for pets found in Longmont front yard

Previous meatballs were left in Boulder park

LONGMONT, Colo. - Longmont police and animal control are investigating an attempted dog poisoning that appears to mirror attempts to poison dogs in a Boulder County park.

Sunday's discovery was in the 400 block of Collyer Street. The dogs' owner told 7NEWS that "about a half-pound of d-CON laced meatballs were scattered around our front yard" on Saturday.

Longmont animal control officers recovered several meatballs laced with d-CON.  The meatballs have not been tested, but the animal control officer said it was obvious d-CON had been added to the meatballs. 

Police are asking people who live in the area to check their yards for potentially contaminated meatballs. 

Dog/cat owners should watch for vomiting, blood in the vomit and/or lethargy.

In the current case, the dog has not shown any signs of illness but the dog owner is worried.

"It makes for a uncomfortable  walk around the block, knowing that there is a person out there that is willing to act this irrational," he told 7NEWS on Sunday.

Last year, the owner received a threatening letter, saying he should "shut up" his dog or it would be killed.

Three houses away, Colette Lottor said her son's 6-year-old Corgi, Cody, died suddenly two weeks ago.

He had just moved in with her and became suddenly ill.

"He seemed very healthy and had very quick decline, and the vet said it could have been poisoning," said Lottor. "It’s just crazy. It’s unnecessary.  there are other outlets if you’re frustrated with a neighbor's dog."

Another neighbor said she found poisoned meatballs in the area last year.

"I think it's someone in the immediate area," said Kristi Scott. "It's such a cowardly thing to do."

If you locate any meatballs that appear to have been tampered with please contact the Longmont Police Department immediately at 303-651-8501.

The Longmont Police Department will be coordinating a neighborhood notification on Monday, June 2.

Last month, the Boulder Sheriff's Office said that meatballs that someone left for dogs in a private park in April contained a common rat-poison ingredient.

Sheriff's Cmdr. Heidi Prentup said testing confirmed the meatballs contained Brodifacoum, "an active ingredient in two of three commonly sold rodenticides." d-CON contains Brodifacoum.

Brodifacoum is an anticoagulant poison that kills rodents by preventing blood clotting, causing the creatures to bleed to death.

Raw meatballs were initially found on the night of April 14 in a neighborhood park located at 5150 Buckingham Rd. in Gunbarrel. They contained green chunks of rat poison, according to the Sheriff's Office. More meatballs were found in the park over several days.

The investigation into the previous attempted poisonings continues and investigators are working to locate the person who made and distributed the meatballs in the park.

A reward has grown to $4,625 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for these crimes.

 

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