Sheriff's deputies investigate dog poisoning incident

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are investigating a La Cañada Flintridge incident in which a dog became ill after consuming a raw meatball that contained a pesticide.

The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 25 in the 4100 block of Hampstead Road. The meatball was stuffed with strychnine pills, according to a report from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. The dog's owner, Dan Horwath, found additional meatballs in his yard, which he saved. The dog was reportedly taken to a veterinarian after the incident.

The station announced its investigation on Wednesday but there are no leads on possible suspects, said Sgt. Robert Galbraith.

The incident is the second dog poisoning reported on Hampstead Road in recent years. Another occurred in January 2009, said Galbraith. The homes on Hampstead border a public recreational trail.

Horwath told KCBS-TV that he believes the meatballs could have been thrown by someone walking along the trail.

A report on the 2009 incident was not immediately available.

Galbraith said the station has been monitoring social media sites to try to find tips regarding the incident. “We'll do anything we can.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident is being asked to call the sheriff's station at (818) 248-3464.


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