Poisoned hot dogs found in yards send warning to pet owners


ATTENTION:Today a client brought in these pieces of hot dog that were placed around front lawns in Des Plaines. They...

Posted by Mel Dziedzic on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

One animal hospital in the Chicago area is warning pet owners to take precautions after discovering pieces of poisoned hot dogs, reports NBC Chicago.

A client of Riser Animal Hospital in Des Plaines brought in at least seven pieces of hot dogs injected with rat poison. The client said they found the hot dogs in several front yards. The animal hospital believes that someone may have placed them there to intentionally harm animals.

A pet owner brought the pieces into the hospital after her dog became sick after eating them.

In a Facebook post shared by Riser Animal Hospital, Facebook user Mel Dziedzic shared her concerns about the hot dogs:

%shareLinks-quote="Everybody knows that you do not need to put rat poison in hot dogs for rats to eat it. It pains me to say it, but the creep that put these out was trying to harm dogs. " type="quote" author="Mel Dziedzic" authordesc="" isquoteoftheday="false"%

Dziedzic warned owners to be careful when walking their pets.

%shareLinks-quote="Dogs pick up so many things before we can even catch them, so just please remember that people are horrible and that the outside ground unfortunately cannot always be trusted. " type="quote" author="Mel Dziedzic" authordesc="" isquoteoftheday="false"%

Other pet owners shared Dziedic's concerns.

"It was very upsetting...Something that could happen to my dog is nervewracking," dog owner Daniel Ivanov told NBC Chicago.

Although police have met with the condo board over the incident, Riser Animal Hospital says that owners should remain alert and cautious around Des Plaines and the surrounding suburbs.

This isn't the first time something like this happened. Dog owners in Michigan say someone placed poisoned meatballs in their yard:

Dog Owners Say Someone Placed Poisoned Meatballs in Their Yard
Dog Owners Say Someone Placed Poisoned Meatballs in Their Yard

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