The Nebraska Humane Society has investigated two separate poison incidents, one of which killed a family’s two dogs.
Dale and Vicki Wagner put their dogs in their fenced-in backyard near 65th Street and Ellison Avenue on the morning of Nov. 15. The dogs – Bella, a pug-beagle mix, and Peanut, a Chihuahua – were outside for a few minutes and became “very ill and in distress,” according to the Humane Society. The Wagners rushed Bella and Peanut to the vet, but both died.
Humane Society investigators later found a piece of “light-colored” meat lying in the couple’s backyard. Lab results came back Tuesday showing that the meat contained Strychnine, a potentially lethal substance for both humans and animals that is often found in rat poison.
The Humane Society said it had received no complaints about either dog.
In a separate incident, a woman was walking her dog Nov. 29 in the Meadowbrook Estates area near 151st and E Streets when she came across some cat food that had been covered with rat poison. Her dog started to eat the food, but she pulled it away and it did not become sick.
Mark Langan of the Humane Society said people sometimes put out poisoned cat food to get rid of feral cats in their neighborhoods. But, he said, it is illegal to do so under city ordinance.
“You can’t put poison out anywhere out in the city that could be harmful to animals -- and for that matter, kids.”
The Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the deaths of Bella and Peanut. Both were licensed and vaccinated, and had no complaints filed against them. Tipsters should call the Humane Society at 444-7800, extension 1.